January 2022

Book creator

Another mix of “Wordle” applications occurs, but this time the recipient of undue rewards reinforces his goodwill

from speech department

This post was written before today’s news that the NY Times bought Wordle. It will be interesting to see if suddenly “IP issues” start to become more important to the NY Times than they were to the original developer…

Just a week ago we discussed how a man got scammed wordleBrowser Brain style game whose creator insists on being free and non-monetized. In this case, Zach Shakked copied the game with only minor additional features and released it as an app with the same name, wordle, only to find out that the entire internet decided it was a slap in the face and helped get the app pulled from the Apple and Google stores. It was a story about how a bad actor was dealt with without anyone having to go through IP or legal avenues.

Well here we go again with another unaffiliated wordle the app siphons off money from people who think they’re getting the browser game in an app…only this time the recipient of that undue income accrues a ton of goodwill by not being a fool about it.

As spotted by GR+, Josh Wardle’s Wordle has led billions of confused (hello!) gamers to accidentally download a five-year-old app with the same name onto their mobile devices. The result being, the creator of the other Wordle ended up receiving nearly 200,000 downloads within a few days. More than he had received in total in the previous five years. And in turn, generating a whole bunch of ad revenue for him.

Steven Cravotta created this app five years ago as a teenager, almost strictly to practice his coding skills. When he woke up the other day to suddenly find ad revenue coming from the since forgotten app, he didn’t just sit down and start counting all the dollar signs floating in front of his eyes. Instead, he started tweeting how weird it all was and how much he wished the media would do a better job of differentiating between wordle browser game and all wordle mobile app.

If you follow this tweet thread all the way through, you’ll notice a few things. Cravotta spends a lot of time pointing out how bizarre this all is. Then he mentions that he is reaching out to wordle creator Josh Wardle to find out what his favorite charity is so he can donate all that money to the cause of his choice. The two apparently talked and landed on Boost! West Oakland, an organization that empowers young people in Oakland, California through school tutoring. And, while he was at it, he pointed out that his most recent and professional apps are available.

In other words, he acted reasonably and humanely, acknowledging that it was a bunch of confused people accidentally downloading his game. As a result, just when the internet kicked in, what a jerk the wordle a copycat seemed to be, as did he and a bunch of mass media sites reporting on how human and awesome Cravotta is. This drives more people to its current applications.

Sometimes a little public reaction is all you need, rather than worrying about IP.

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Reading and writing

Three steps to take before writing your first book

It’s not news that every entrepreneur today should consider publishing a book.

That said, getting a contract as a non-famous author can be tricky, and the process is often at a never-ending pace. If your book is acquired by a publisher, you may have to wait years for it to be published.

But without a traditional publisher, how are you supposed to think about and execute a book that will help you grow your business?


The idea is probably right in front of you. Just ask yourself: what am I better at than anyone else in the world? Connect this answer to why people hire you or use your product or service. And then think of your book as a tool that can help readers who can’t afford to hire you while attracting those who can.

Write with your ideal reader in mind. When I wrote a book that landed me on hello america, I thought of a person, an acquaintance to whom I had spoken about the publication of his book. On each page, I wondered if what I was writing would speak to him. As far as I know, he never read my book. He certainly never hired my company. But dozens of other people like him have read the book, so the book that brought me a few thousand dollars in sales brought me hundreds of thousands of dollars in new business.

That’s the thing with an avatar. Where there is one, there are many; and the more your writing is tailored to your ideal client, the more likely it is to earn more.


The biggest mistake I see entrepreneurs make when launching a book is assuming that on launch day the media and event bookers are going to come calling. Alas no. Over a million books are launched on Amazon each year, so the odds of that are almost non-existent.

And that’s why you need to have a specific launch plan in place. Create a launch team by giving a copy of the book to as many people as possible before release, and guide them through purchasing and reviewing it on launch day. This will kick Amazon’s algorithm into gear so the site will start recommending it.

So, as you write, ask yourself: Who can help me promote this book when I launch it? Make a list of friends who have large newsletter lists or active social followings. Get them involved in this project from the start and instead of asking for their approval, ask them to promote your book when it comes out. Think of it like this: have you ever bought a book because of who approved it? I suppose not. But have you ever bought a book because someone you trust recommended it to you? I suppose so. (Of course, if your incredibly well-connected and esteemed friend will recommend and Approve it, so much the better.)

Also ask yourself: what podcasts do I want to be on to promote the book? What publications do I want to feature when the book comes out? And who do I know that can help me get on these shows and posts?


Perhaps the most important question to ask yourself when writing is which potential customers you can send the book to when finished. If none come to mind, ask yourself if you know people who know your potential customers.

Always remember that it is not the number of books you sell, but the to the right the people who read it. Write for them and it will pay off again and again.

Anna David is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of eight books, founder of Publishing the Legacy Launch Pad, TEDx speaker, TV book reviewer

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Illinois crop production costs could hit record highs this spring — Fertilizer prices are a driver • Farm Policy News

DTN writer Russ Quinn reported last week that “Most fertilizer retail prices were slightly higher in the third week of January 2022. But as was the case last week, a the fertilizer was inferior in price with one month back.

Seven of the top eight fertilizers were slightly higher, although none increased significantly. DTN denotes significant movement as anything of 5% or more.

DPA had an average price of $863 per tonne compared to last month, CARD $932/tonne, urea $916/tonne (historical high), 10-34-0 $800/tonne, anhydrous $1,433/tonne (historical high), UAN28 $585/tonne (historical high) and UAN32 $683/tonne (historical high).”

“DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends”, by Russ Quinn. DTN (January 26, 2022).

Quinn pointed out that “10-34-0 reaches $800/tonne for the first time in this historic increase in retail fertilizer prices. The last time it was this high was the first week of March 2012 when starter fertilizer was $807/tonne.

“Like last week, the price of a fertilizer was slightly lower than a month ago. Potash was down slightly and had an average price of $807/tonne.”

“Analyst Predicts Adequate Fertilizer Supplies, Little Price Relief This Spring,” by Daniel Grant. FarmWeekNow (January 25, 2022).

Also last week, Daniel Grant told FarmWeekNow that “farmers should to be able to get fertilizer for the upcoming spring season in most parts of the state, despite tight supplies.

“Corn prices should stay near historic peaks, according to Josh Linville, Director of Fertilizers for StoneX. He discussed the market outlook at the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association’s annual convention in Peoria.

And in a separate FarmWeekNow article last week, Daniel Grant reported that “A sharp rise in input costs, driven by soaring fertilizer price, put farmers are set to plant the most expensive crops on record in Illinois this spring.

“This is according to the latest estimates of agricultural production costs and equilibrium prices published by the farmdoc team at the University of Illinois.

“Get ready for a high-cost year,” said Gary Schnitkey, soybean industry chair in agricultural strategy at Island University. “In 2022, I don’t see much of a cost reduction.”

Grant explained that “Total maize costs on highly productive land central illinois are tied to $1,064 per acre in 2022 (vs. $915 last year) with soy estimated costs at $785 per acre (compared to $652 last year), based on farmdoc estimates. If it came true, it would be corn costs for the first time on average more than $1,000 per acre in Illinois.

“Soybeans closed the week at the highest price since May as harvest problems in South America boost the outlook for global demand for U.S. oilseeds. Beans for March delivery to Chicago rose 1.5 % to reach $14.70 a bushel (“Commodities’ Dizzying Week Amid Fed, Nor’Easter in Five Charts”, by Sophie Caronello. Bloomberg News (January 29, 2022)).

Nonetheless, Lisa Foust Prater reported last week to Successful Farmer that, “As far as these input levels go, Schnitkey says, ‘That’s just the reality and it’s going to increase our profitability levels.’ Yet, he says, ‘Right now, if we look at prices for fall delivery, it could be a profitable year.'”

And on Thursday, Russ Quinn told DTN that “A Russian invasion of Ukraine will most certainly be affect the global fertilizer market, but to what extent is not known. Several factors, including what sanctions Russia would see and whether these punishments included crop nutrients, would dictate how fertilizers are affected.

“We know that a conflict in the Black Sea region likely to reduce the outlook for cheaper fertilizer prices for US farmers in 2022, according to fertilizer analysts.

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The Running Trees by Amber McMillan: Book Review

This month’s collection of short stories is not in the style of Anton Chekhov, only 19and century Russian magician of the new – strictly in many university literary courses.

Or the Canadian Alice Munro who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013 for “her mastery of modern short stories”.

The running trees is very modern, definitely unconventional and utterly distinctive.

McMillan’s 15 “conversations” immerse the reader in slices of life as disparate as a cat trying to convince another that there are indeed “trees that run” – incidentally also the title of this thin volume .

Then there are the three separate stories of tense book club meetings to discuss a stranger’s memoir of their town and its people.

Some stories are in the traditional narrative style while others have all the characteristics of telephone conversations or, as in a story, a rewound recording of a police interrogation.

What they have in common are the intricacies in how they reveal how each character reacts to manipulation, responsibility, and even abandonment.

They are surprising; conventional they are not; but if you’re a novella connoisseur and looking for something very different, give this volume a try. If, however, like many readers, you are not satisfied with the genre of short stories, you may well find this collection to your liking.

Delve into this thin volume and you’ll find that many contain the characteristics of snippets heard at the bus stop or in the dentist’s waiting room where conventional resolution is neither expected nor provided. Except that in the best of this collection, the author subtly reveals the inevitable outcome along the way.

The running trees began life as a thesis for her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. CBC Books named it one of its works of fiction to watch.

About Amber McMillan

McMillan is also the author of The Woods: A Year on the Island of Protection, an honest memoir of the time McMillan, her husband and their young daughter spent on the island between Gabriola Island and Nanaimo, British Columbia. The experiment turned out to be more controversial than they had imagined. Could this experience be the inspiration behind the three-part story called The Book Club, Acts 1-111?

Amber McMillan now lives in New Brunswick where she is a lecturer at the University of New Brunswick and teaches changing publishing environments.

She has also published a collection of poetry titled We can never do this again. Her work has also been published in PRISM International, Arc Poetry Magazine and The Walrus.

Book Information

The running trees; publication date: September 7, 2021; publisher: Goose Lane Publishing; author: Amber McMillian; pages: 224; price: $19.75

Kate Barlow

Originally from England, she has always enjoyed writing, pursuing a career as a journalist at the Hamilton Spectator and eventually becoming a published author. A founding member of a local book club, Kate is always looking for that one person…

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Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics by Adam Rutherford review – unnatural selection | science and nature books

Adam Rutherford begins this pointed and timely study of the science that dare not speak its name with an account of the professor who, in 2018, tried to genetically modify the embryos of twin girls, removing them from a woman’s womb and then by relocating them. “The Chinese Frankenstein”, He Jiankui, planned to give the children genetic immunity against HIV/AIDS, a disease from which their father suffered. Although his efforts appear to have failed – the girls may not have this immunity and he was jailed for three years and fined three million yuan – the case provides a stark answer to the question of Rutherford’s opening: “If you have children, you will surely want them. to live well. You hope they’re disease-free and fulfilling their potential…what are you willing to do to make sure? »

Since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in response to the new sciences of physiology and galvanism, this question has haunted human imaginations. After Darwin and before the Third Reich, eugenics was a science that was embraced, as Rutherford notes, by “suffragettes, feminists, philosophers, and more than a dozen Nobel laureates… [and] has been a beacon for many countries striving to be better, healthier and stronger”.

The first part of Rutherford’s book is a history of these arguments; the second concerns the way in which this thought is expressed in the present. The ideas of selective breeding are almost as old as philosophy. Plato proposed a utopian city-state in which elite men and women would be matched for their qualities, and “inferior” citizens would be discouraged or prevented from reproducing. In modern biology, such ideas were first explored and popularized by Darwin’s half-cousin Francis Galton and his disciple Karl Pearson at University College London.

Galton’s idea of ​​”positive eugenics” carried with it these pervasive, class-based fears of the decline of civilization (Darwin did not call it The descendants of man for nothing). His theories of selective breeding counted among their disciples a young Winston Churchill; the creator of the welfare state, William Beveridge; and birth control pioneer Marie Stopes, who feared the consequences of working-class “inbreeding” on a social elite, and advocated the sterilization of mixed-race girls.

Rutherford draws a clear line between these racist theories – widely applied in pre-war American sterilization programs – and the genocidal atrocities of Nazism. It also shows that although the “trial of the doctors” at Nuremberg effectively banished the word “eugenics” from any school curriculum, the science – and in some cases the politics that exploited it – persisted.

The horror of using forced sterilization to pursue racial purity did not end with the Third Reich; in Canada there is an ongoing class action lawsuit in response to the forced sterilization of First Nations women, some as recently as 2018, while in the United States there is an allegation that up to 20 women underwent involuntary sterilization in immigration detention centers in 2020. In China, meanwhile, credible reports indicate that 80% of Uyghur women detained in the Xinjiang region have been sterilized through surgery or IUDs.

Rutherford is careful to separate these attempts at population control from the departments of human genetics that evolved with the fundamental goal of understanding disease at a hereditary level. IVF embryos can now be screened for a number of genetic diseases; he makes it clear that none of these interventions are eugenics and that they are all tightly regulated around the world.

Scientists have been manipulating and editing genes since the 1970s – first viruses, then more complex organisms. Today, Rutherford suggests, “Anyone with basic laboratory equipment can put together pieces of multiple species to build a new living tool for a specific purpose — like testing pathogens in the environment or creating vaccines. “. Technology called Crispr created over the past decade can precisely seek out an individual piece of DNA to alter, delete or alter it, “potentially correcting a mutation that for all of history up to this point has produced untold suffering”.

However, the idea that scientists are able to reshape more complex inherited human traits is, he says, as outlandish and politically dangerous as ever. Those landmark studies that claim to have “found the gene for” are almost never right. The inherited pieces of DNA that could reveal a propensity for alcoholism or schizophrenia are not limited to single genes but to variants of several pieces of DNA, which even then do not determine anything. As Philip Larkin noted in This Be the Verse, parents are pre-programmed to “fill you in with the flaws they had / And add a little more, just for you.”

The most pernicious of these claims inevitably involves the belief, resurgent in extremist political groups, that we might genetically select for IQ. In the largest studies, hereditary intelligence has been associated with the varying interaction of more than 1,000 places in the human genome. That doesn’t stop a few scientists and pseudo-scientists from repackaging Galton’s “positive eugenics” for the 21st century.

Stephen Hsu, a former physicist and administrator at Michigan State University, is one of the most prominent voices of these peddlers. Hsu, who runs a genetic profiling company, has been vocal in promoting the possibility of selecting for intelligence and thus creating a super race of humans with an “IQ of 1000”. In 2014, Dominic Cummings saw a lecture by Hsu, swallowed his whole thought and regurgitated it into a breathless blog. Five years later, Hsu was pictured with Cummings outside 10 Downing Street, by which time the ‘new’ eugenics had made headlines and caused outrage after the notorious and secretive 2017 ‘conference’ in UCL involving what Rutherford calls “marginal race-obsessed scientific cosplayers”. .

Rutherford insists that we remain a long way from such jurisdiction and should be wary of any politician who raises the idea. When trying to select for the hundreds of genetic variants associated with intelligence, could you select against fertility, kindness, or integrity? No one knows, says Rutherford, and chances are no one ever will. He ends his short and illuminating book with a helpful suggestion. Rather than digging into the confines of a science we barely understand, why not focus resources on this triumvirate of inventions that over the centuries have been shown to transform and enhance human capabilities beyond beyond all imagination: education, health and equal opportunities.

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Downstream school districts forced to get creative to handle staffing shortages – The News Herald

In addition to the three Rs of education – reading, writing and arithmetic – there is a fourth: recruitment.

A chronic staff shortage is forcing officials at Downriver schools to deploy a range of tactics to attract staff, from teachers and bus drivers to teaching assistants and support staff.

It’s part of a local, state and national problem that has educators and administrators looking everywhere for workers. The COVID pandemic, an unstable labor market and pre-existing shortages of employees in key areas have combined to hamper school work schedules.

Recruiting and retaining teachers is described by Michigan’s top education official as the state’s most pressing challenge.

“We need to work to fund key teacher recruitment and retention efforts,” the state superintendent said. Michael Rice told the State Board of Education in November.

In late December, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law HB 4294, which allows uncertified school personnel — such as paraprofessionals and secretaries — to serve as substitute teachers throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

“The pandemic has been a challenge for our children, our teachers, and our parents, and our educators have gone out of their way to ensure Michigan children have a bright future,” Whitmer said. “Allowing schools to employ school staff that students know as substitute teachers will help keep school doors open and students learning in the classroom for the rest of the school year. I am committed to working with the Legislature to develop high-quality solutions to address these long-term staffing shortages so that we can ensure that every child can access a quality education.

Downstream school leaders say the worker shortage extends beyond the classroom, to all school operations. Short- and long-term approaches to easing the crisis have included pay raises, limited and scuttled programs, teacher hiring initiatives, and increased volunteerism among existing staff.

“Staffing shortages have certainly had an impact on area school districts,” Huron School District Superintendent Donovan Rowe said. “Staff shortages have stretched our replacement staff resources to the limit.”

Downstream school districts have responded with a variety of initiatives and workarounds. Among these :

• Taylor High School was closed on a Friday due to shortages. Griff Mills, superintendent of the district of 5,500 students, said the action was a “last resort”.

• Allen Park Public Schools recently increased substitute teacher salaries to $150 per day (from $90) for daily substitutes, and up to $200 for long-term substitutes (from of $100).

• Lincoln Park and the Woodhaven-Brownstown districts received state-administered grants to help students explore careers in education. The hope: to develop a kind of pool of future teachers to develop oneself.

• Districts in the region have reduced some less essential programs. Allen Park, for example, canceled some so-called elementary school “special classes” like art, music, gym, and library media to use those teachers in core curriculum classes.

• Districts have also looked to current educators and other staff to fill staffing gaps. “We are so fortunate to have caring staff with a ‘pitch in’ approach,” said school superintendent Allen Park. said Michel Darga. The district of 3,691 students purchased a transport van — much smaller than a school bus — so coaches can drive small teams to events.

• Across the region, schools are encouraging retired teachers to return to the classroom. The state’s “Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educator” campaign offers waivers and fast tracks for former educators hoping to recertify. In the spring, the Michigan Department of Education sent out tens of thousands of recruiting postcards to educators whose certificates had expired.

• Districts are also strengthening relationships and partnerships with colleges and universities to attract student teachers.

“It’s a tough situation to deal with,” Taylor’s Mills said. “We know this takes a toll on our staff. We are looking at things we can do to help our staff decompress and take some time for themselves.

To that end, he said, the district gave employees a paid day off before Thanksgiving “to show our teachers and staff that we really appreciate all the work they do.”

Allen Park’s Darga said both instructor and non-instructor paraprofessionals “step in wherever they can and our replacements are rock stars.”

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Karen Joy Fowler examines an American anti-hero

Karen Joy Fowler takes her time. After all, it takes time to transport readers to new worlds and through time, and to imagine the kinds of characters readers feel they already know to make those journeys.

Speaking via Zoom from her bright dining room in Santa Cruz, Calif., Fowler has the energy of a cool librarian who feels a bit guilty for having the chance to work among stacks of books. Her blue eyes light up when discussing how and why certain stories haunt their writers before they can enchant readers.

Fowler is the author of six acclaimed novels (two of which became New York Times bestsellers) and four collections of short stories (two of which won the World Fantasy Award). Her 2004 novel Jane Austen’s Book Club was made into a cult film directed by Robin Swicord, and in 2013 We are all completely beside ourselves won the PEN/Faulkner Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014.

But Fowler’s new novel may be his most ambitious yet. Booth, coming from Putnam in March, tells the story of the Booth family, focusing on a handful of John Wilkes’ siblings, to paint a picture of the time, place and people who produced the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

Fowler’s own story begins in Bloomington, Indiana, 71 years ago. A decade later, his family took over and headed west to Palo Alto, California. She has always had an interest in writing and was the editor of her high school’s creative writing journal. However, it never occurred to him that writing could be a career. So instead, she graduated from UC Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in South Asian studies and earned a master’s degree in Northeast Asian studies from UC Davis.

“Exactly what job I thought I would get with those degrees is a mystery that remains to this day,” Fowler says with a laugh. “I just loved the stories. The stories of the arrival of the Europeans, the misunderstandings – sometimes innocent, sometimes not – that occur when two cultures meet. The story of all the stories embedded in the history of the place is the part that I really like.

Fowler had a daughter during the last spring break of her master’s program. After graduating, she stayed home to raise him and, later, his son. Fowler was 30 when her son started elementary school and she suddenly found herself with free time. She figured out how to fill it when she joined a writing workshop in Davis.

She is, according to Putnam Senior Vice President and Publisher Sally Kim, “a writer’s writer, in addition to a readers’ favorite.” Kim adds, “Honestly, I’ve lost track of all the authors who have told me they count Fowler as one of their favorite literary influences. Part of her appeal is how she is able to write a completely different book each time.

Perhaps Fowler’s curious eye is what his far-reaching books and stories have in common. She doesn’t anticipate it, but she can’t help but find new links between disparate sources. While writing about the California Gold Rush, she was reading about the construction of the London Underground system and found a “strange but fair” detail she could use. This constant cross-pollination of ideas helps keep his timeless stories feeling fresh again and again.

Fowler’s breakthrough came when her sci-fi short story “Recalling Cinderella” was published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 1 in 1985. Long since his first novel, Sarah Canary, who arrived with a bang in 1991, she went on to write fantasy short stories and won a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2020. Her science fiction collections What I didn’t see and Always won her the Nebula Award, and her short story “The Pelican Bar” won the Shirley Jackson Award.

In fact, it was a short story she wrote about time travel and the Lincoln assassination that sparked Fowler’s interest in the Booths. While researching this story, she read how the Booths settled in a cabin outside Baltimore in 1822, where some of their 10 children would help them become one of the nation’s leading theatrical families. Fowler found herself reading about older brother Edwin’s return to the stage after Lincoln’s death (and writing another short story). She wrote a third story about the funeral of their father, Junius Booth Sr., once held for carrier pigeons. At that moment, she could no longer look away.

Donald Trump was elected president while Fowler was knee-deep in his early search for Booth. The day after the election, she went to her local pet shelter and returned with a puppy, a white poodle mix she named Lily. Lily became his comforting companion on walks during the long dark days.

The shock of Trump’s rise to power left Fowler desperate and feeling stuck for nearly a year. “It seemed pointless to write about anything else, and it took me much longer than necessary to realize that I wasn’t writing about anything else,” she says. “The more I read Lincoln’s warnings about the tyrant and the mob, the more I immersed myself in the years leading up to the Civil War, the more the road from here to here became brightly lit.”

John Wilkes Booth still mystifies Fowler. He was a white supremacist fanatic, insensitive to the suffering of enslaved black people but deeply moved by the suffering of white people during the war. He hated Lincoln for pushing the country toward emancipation. Booth was not alone in this, of course, but on April 14, 1865, he followed through on his grievances.

Booth is an epic tale, saturated with details unearthed over time. “For all my books, even my contemporaries, I spend about a year researching before I start writing,” Fowler says. “Doing the research, in many ways, is when the story starts to take shape, when I see what I have.” It’s slow work, but she loves to dig.

She knew she didn’t want to write a book about a man who needed attention and got a lot of it. So she centered the story around her sisters, Rosalie and Asia, and her talented brother Edwin to produce a vision of a nation at war for its identity, revealed through the rise and fall of a family.

The search for the Booth family reminded Fowler of a discovery she had made long ago. Early in her career, before publishing anything, she had heard writing advice from poet Carolyn Forché that she would never forget: “Don’t expect the muse to hunt you down. grocery store. If you’re not at your desk, she’ll find someone who is.

Fowler agreed wholeheartedly. But she couldn’t sit still. “I’ve never been able to squeeze more than three days of writing together,” she says. “I tend to write in spurts. I’ve been doing this for over 40 years now, so I decided to drop that part of me.

In fact, this is where Fowler starts with his own creative writing students. “I tell them you’ll hear all kinds of ways writers make books, and you’ll think it sounds so smart, so much better than the way I do it,” she says. “But the way you do it when you’re just starting out and groping your way up is your process. If you demand things of yourself that didn’t come naturally, the thing that will be lost is the joy you felt there. There are all kinds of ways to write a book, and the way you do it is fine.

Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos wrote for Forbes, Newsweek, and working mother.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 01/31/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: American Antihero

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Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Harrison and other letters to the editor

For the editor:

I was interested to read Geoff Dyer’s review of “Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont” (January 16) and its wonderful creator, novelist Elizabeth Taylor. He had a whole first life in England in the 1970s.

I read the book when it came out in 1971 and thought it had all the qualities that would make a funny, piercing, and deeply poignant television drama. I asked the BBC to take an option on the book. Ray Lawler did a good adaptation capturing the behavior, escapisms and apprehensions of the group of older women who lived at the Claremont, a residential hotel. And we left with the pitch-perfect Celia Johnson as Mrs. Palfrey, cut-glass Alan Webb as Mr. Osmond, and Joseph Blatchley as Ludo Myers, the much-loved fraudulent grandson.

Taylor came to a few rehearsals, a tidy woman in a tweed suit, with a shy and friendly manner, but by no means intimidated. She offered some notes on online readings, then sat down and had tea with Celia, who already made the character as unforgettable as the ill-married woman she played in “Brief Encounter.”

At the 1974 BAFTAs, “Mrs Palfrey” was nominated for Best Single Play and Celia for Leading Role. Celia was the winner, walking away, as they say on the track. (My friend Michael Apted won the other.) Then, after about a year, Celia, Elizabeth and I talked about a theatrical version, ideally for the Haymarket Theatre, one of the finest in London, and Elizabeth and I started work. She was a great collaborator and a slyly funny woman. She got a little harder to reach on the phone, then told me she was having cancer treatment. She died in 1975.

Perhaps you can divide writers by BSM and ASM – “Before Social Media” and “After”. The society and characters she wrote about were definitely BSM, but the human beings they were, accepting fleeting happiness, looking for something fixed to cling to, facing the inevitable, are like the rest of us.

Michael Lindsay Hogg
Hudson, NY

The writer is a BAFTA award winner for ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and directed the Beatles film ‘Let It Be’.

For the editor:

In response to the question Geoff Dyer poses at the end of his review of Elizabeth Taylor’s novel “Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont” (“Was there a better chronicler of English life as it passed in the 30 years after the end of World War II?”), I suggest a name: Barbara Pym.

Victory Van Dyck Chase
Princeton, New Jersey

For the editor:

Troy Jollimore’s excellent review of Jim Harrison’s “Complete Poems” (January 16) highlights the vigor and wisdom Harrison brought to his favorite themes: pleasure and death. Harrison was engrossed in his pursuits, and the literary world is much richer for his travels across varying natural topographies: Michigan, Montana, and Arizona, and for the many emotional perspectives he traveled with wisdom and humility. Harrison’s masterful diction could bring you completely into the moment as he brought to life the discordant physicality of a bitter cold river surprising the skin and stinging a sense of the divine.

Matt Tanguay
Ann Arbour, Mich.

For the editor:

I enjoyed Jollimore’s piece on the work of Jim Harrison. One can be grateful for the easy-to-understand nature of his poetry. The problem for me is that, like much of our current poetry, it might as well be prose. It lacks depth, magic, mystery and music. Yes, he has clarity and insight. But where is the poetry?

David Eberhardt

For the editor:

I, and the millions of other book review readers, recognize the prosecutor’s blatant speech when we read it. Even so, I don’t think I’ve ever been presented with a more hypocritical and jury-friendly statement than the quote offered by David Lat, reviewing Laura Coates’ “Just Pursuit” (January 16): “The pursuit of justice creates injustice. Before becoming a prosecutor, I never imagined that this could be true. Excuse me? Did the author fall into an amnesic coma after law school? First-year law students’ first reaction to criminal and constitutional law is horror at the depth of injustice. I respectfully suggest that if you choose to become a federal prosecutor and want credibility for your war stories, assume it.

Ilene Young
Langhorne, Pa.

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Enforce the law that prohibits school segregation

Imagine a public school teaching 5- and 6-year-olds to adopt Baptist doctrines and customs. The school has three Baptist students. During the “Baptist Lives Matter in Schools” action week, teachers tell Baptist children to reject the traditions of Catholics and Jews, disrupt non-Baptist families and communities, and concentrate on the development of “Baptist villages”.

This would be a flagrant violation of Article 9, Section 8 of the Colorado Constitution. He says, “No sectarian principle or doctrine will ever be taught in the public school…”

This means that no teacher can tell Baptists to separate into villages and focus on their Baptist identity. All should give thanks for this law, for such instruction could harm the three Baptist children in the school and all other students who are anything other than Baptists.

The school should teach reading, writing and arithmetic without advocating religious principles and segregation based on sectarian identity. Teach children to respect each other regardless of group identities and labels.

Immediately following the constitution’s prohibition of religious indoctrination and segregation, Article 9, Section 8 states that “no distinction or classification of students shall be made on account of race or color…”

The law, updated 10 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, is crystal clear. Teachers should be concerned with the minds of students, not the religious beliefs of their families or their genetic lines. The law places religious identity in the same phrase, context, and category as “race” and “color.”

One cannot read this law without concluding that Centennial Elementary School in Denver is breaking it. Attorney General Phil Weiser and other law enforcement officials should enforce the law and end the Centennial “Family of Color Playground Night” and the open indoctrination of children into pursue segregation based on race.

The school plans to participate in the Black Lives Matter at School week of action. The program includes a commitment to “disrupting Western nuclear family dynamics.” They might as well advocate disrupting Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim family dynamics for the benefit of three students from Baptist homes.

The Black Lives Matter at School week of action asks teachers to emphasize 13 principles that include “transgender affirmation, queer affirmation” and “black families, black villages, black women and black people shameless”.

“This specific week of action is part of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement that aims to provide a learning environment for all students for what I believe is critical reflection and honest conversation about all communities of color,” said Denver Public School Board President Xóchitl Gaytán. The Gazette, speaking for itself. She said a board statement is forthcoming.

“I support this ongoing movement and critical reflection,” Gaytán said.

Centennial Elementary consists of three black children who are the main victims of this message. The instruction tells them that they are different and that they must separate into villages containing only other blacks.

Our country has worked hard to eliminate segregation and other forms of institutional racism, so we should not initiate racial division in schools. It violates the letter of the Colorado Constitution, the spirit of the Civil Rights Act, and several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education.

Weiser, Governor Jared Polis, U.S. Attorney Cole Finnegan, and Denver City Attorney Kristin M. Bronson should enforce the law against this school and simply say “no” to institutionalized intellectual and academic segregation.

It is immoral, destructive, and contrary to modern laws and cultural mores designed to protect our children from ugly practices that we have long deemed wrong.

Denver Gazette Editorial Board


Pandemic, endemic —

or just academic?

Give extra credit for civic engagement to some high school students in Colorado who walked out of class last week to protest what they say are the dangers of COVID on campus. But they lose points when it comes to following the news.

The latest news on COVID, in its “omicron” iteration, is actually encouraging. His ever-busy workload in Colorado, once again, has diminished. The Gazette reported last week that the holiday wave of the virus had peaked.

That doesn’t mean the show is over, so the kids should head back to class – though that’s probably the best use of their school day anyway. On the contrary, the virus persists as it has for nearly two years, and it will likely continue to do so. That means we’ll just have to live with it – which is literally what most people will do.

Indeed, after a year in which most Coloradans have been vaccinated and many have developed natural immunity from a bout with COVID, the simple reality is that the vast majority of people are simply not in danger.

That doesn’t mean they’ll never catch COVID again. It’s just that all the data suggests it’s extremely unlikely to have a big impact on people who aren’t already suffering from health complications.

There is also growing evidence that the omicron variant – accounting for almost all new cases these days – is the mildest to date. Meanwhile, research from almost the start of the pandemic clearly shows that most children and young adults never faced any appreciable risk of severe COVID symptoms in the first place.

All of this should shape our public policy priorities. Frankly, the students who left (in coordination with a nationwide walkout that drew a fairly low turnout) should be much more worried about further school closings. These had a devastating impact last year on Colorado children’s learning as well as their mental health.

Children face minimal harm from COVID itself because, as science clearly shows, catching it will not have serious consequences for them unless they are at risk due to otherwise compromised health. Considerably greater harm awaits them if they return to remote learning as demanded by state and nationwide teachers’ unions — in defiance of science.

More generally, the back and forth on whether the pandemic has become “endemic” – that is, is here to stay – is almost academic. The reality, for all but Coloradans who fall into high-risk health categories, is that COVID is now as navigable as a seasonal flu.

Of course, many parallel debates continue to swirl around COVID and our response to it. Is Governor Jared Polis adequately meeting the critical needs of an understaffed health care infrastructure? Should simple paper masks give way to N95s for the medically vulnerable? And by the way, will we ever achieve an elusive “herd immunity”?

Such questions are quite marginal to most Coloradans, who are simply trying to find the shortest path back to normal. The good news is that we already seem to be on this path – and we are well on our way.

Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial Board

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‘Peril!’ Champion Amy Schneider’s historic winning streak comes to an end

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jeopardy!” Champion Amy Schneider’s dazzling streak is over, snapped Wednesday by a Chicago librarian after 40 straight wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money.

Schneider’s success put her in the ranks of guest host Ken Jennings and the quiz show’s other big names. It also made Schneider, a trans woman, a visible symbol of achievement for people who are often marginalized.

“It’s still a little hard to believe,” she said of her impressive journey. “It’s something I will be remembered for, and that’s pretty good.”

New champion Rhone Talsma had the right answer at the final “Jeopardy!” index for a winning total of $29,600. Schneider, who found herself in the unusual position of entering the final lap short of a runaway, finished second with $19,600.

“I’m still in shock,” Talsma said in a statement. “I wasn’t expecting to face a 40 Day Champion, and I was excited to see maybe someone else slay the giant. I really didn’t think it was going to be me, so I’m thrilled.

Schneider told The Associated Press that Talsma played well and did “a great job of taking opportunities when they presented themselves and putting himself in a position to be able to win.”

The answer that puzzled Schneider concerned the countries of the world: the only nation whose name in English ends in an “h” and which is also one of the 10 most populous. (Cue the music “Jeopardy!” – And the answer is, “What is Bangladesh?”)

Among her immediate reactions to the end of the match and her streak: she was sad but also relieved that “I no longer have to invent anecdotes”, the stories that competitors share during breaks.

The contestants receive their winnings after their final game airs, and Schneider’s spending plans include shopping for clothes and, most importantly, travel.

An engineering manager and a Dayton, Ohio native who lives in Oakland, Calif., Schneider’s regular-season play made her No. 2 in consecutive games won, putting her between Jennings with 74 games and Matt Amodio, winner of 38 games in 2021.

Schneider’s total price tag of $1,382,800 puts her in fourth place on the regular season earnings list, behind Jennings ($2,520,700), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Amodio ($1,518,601). ).

Schneider, will be part of the show’s “Tournament of Champions” and is the first trans person to qualify,

She was prepared at the end of her streak, she told AP.

“I felt like my time was running out, even though it didn’t seem like it in the scores,” Schneider said. The routine of traveling to Los Angeles for tapings — five shows a day, two days a week — was tiring, and it took its toll.

After surpassing Amodio’s winning streak tally, she added, the prospect of trying to break Jennings’ long-standing record was “hard to imagine.”

Schneider’s depth of knowledge, lightning-quick responses, and courteous yet efficient manner earned him a devoted fan base. Comedian Louis Virtel, a former “Jeopardy!” contestant, tweeted earlier this month that Schneider was like a “social worker assigned to each episode, and when she’s done she grabs her briefcase, nods and leaves.”

She was also admired for her handling of anti-trans trolls, with a measured response that earned her a shoutout from writer and Broadway star Harvey Fierstein.

“The best outcome of all of this will always be the help I’ve been able to offer the trans community,” Schneider said. “I’m here because of the sacrifices that countless trans people have made, often to the point of risking their lives. Doing my part to advance this cause is truly special.

Schneider has a message for “Jeopardy!” viewers who will fail to integrate it into their daily lives: “I realized that I am really so sad for all my fans. … I want to thank them for all their support and tell them it’s good.

For the season through January 17, “Jeopardy!” ranked as the most-watched syndicated program with an average of 9.4 million viewers – a substantial increase of 563,000 from last season. The show averaged 11 million viewers for the week of Jan. 10-17, according to Nielsen.

Sequences from Schneider and Amodio helped tone down “Jeopardy!” past the mishandled replacement of its admired host, the late Alex Trebek. Executive producer Mike Richards was tapped by Sony Pictures Television to replace Trebek last year, but quickly left the show after old podcasts aired featuring his misogynistic and other demeaning comments.

A permanent host has yet to be named, with Mayim Bialik, who has been named host of “Jeopardy!” specials and Jennings are trading this season. Jennings is also a consulting producer for the show.

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HarperCollins Publishers India announces Onam in babydoll Stories from Kerala Quarantine by Anjana Menon

NEW DELHI, January 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —


‘Must read’

“It’s a terrific book.”
Sanjaya Baruauthor of the best-selling The Accidental Prime Minister

“It is a relief and a pleasure to find a book that…reveals the true character of a state, a second world trapped in a third world.”
Manu Josephauthor of the Netflix series Decoupled, award-winning author of Serious Men.

“It’s a book you could walk out on your own.”
Madhavan Narayananveteran journalist and writer

In india tropical paradise, Kerala, looms a city wrapped around a giant roundabout, where a savvy caretaker with a French connection rules. Two competing neighbors are vying for her attention. Appu gives lessons to the living but Maya only cares about the dead. And a gourmet dog plays ball with tennis-loving nuns.

In the center is an imposing temple so old that no one knows exactly when it was built. Here, even a small train station has established its own acceptance rules. On the other side of the tracks, a baker is shopping for complete strangers in the midst of a pandemic.

The fictional town of Malgudi meets reality in the search for joy and belonging, in a book that is both touching and hilarious.

Anjana Menon Onam in a Nightie takes you to a place you wish to stay as it is forever, in these true stories of hope and resilience from a middle town in Kerala.

“When life slows down, everything becomes amplified and draws you in to reveal how extraordinary and fascinating ordinary things are. This book is set in Kerala, but it’s also about what makes us human.”

Anjana MenonAuthor

“A remarkable book of joy and wonder wrapped in fast-paced writing, but one that will inspire you to slow down and look up – and find magic in the mundane.”

– Suchismita Ukil, Managing Editor-HarperCollins India

About the Author:

Anjana Menon has struggled with words for as long as she can remember. After studying literature, she embarked on a career as a journalist which led her to South East Asia and Europe with Bloomberg News. She came back to India as one of the founding editors of the business newspaper Mint, then ran a TV newsroom before founding her own content strategy consultancy. She is co-author of What’s your story? The Essential Business Storytelling Handbook. A columnist who thought she would become an artist growing up, she loves people more than gadgets, dogs even more than people, and the slow life more than the rush life. Anjana divides her time between delhi and Londonwishing instead to be in Kyoto, knowing full well the madness of his desires. This is his first creative non-fiction book.

About HarperCollins Publishers India:

HarperCollins Publishers India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , the Tata Literature Live Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Award, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Prabha Khaitan Woman’s Voice Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India has received the Publisher of the Year award four times: at Publishing Next in 2015 and at Tata Literature Live! in 2016, 2018 and 2021. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Egmont, Oneworld, Harvard University Press, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet.


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Cree author’s book of poetry meant to empower Indigenous children – Bashaw Star

By Athena Bonneau, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, The Discourse

Shayla Raine was sitting at her desk, looking out the window at an eagle’s nest and a view of the mountains, when she came up with the idea for a new poetry book for Indigenous children.

After inspiration last fall, the Cree author and illustrator took to writing The way the creator sees you.

“This book started out as an artistic outlet under the pressure of publishing my novel,” says Raine.

“I wanted this children’s book to be free of those pressures…so that I could write with a positive mindset and clear intentions to impart this good medicine while getting my point across in a fun and engaging way.”

The way the creator sees you is Raine’s first published book, and it was released independently this month. The book aims to inspire Indigenous children who may be struggling with their identity and help them embrace who they are, says Raine, who is from Maskwacis, Alta.

The poetry book features a Plains Cree boy who faces adversity in school and struggles to come to terms with his Aboriginal characteristics. Son Kokom takes him on a lyrical adventure to help him appreciate his heritage.

“Children are gifts given to us by the Creator, and they are blessings,” Raine says.

Raine tells IndigiNews that she’s always wanted to write a children’s book that empowers Indigenous children because it’s something she never saw when she was younger.

Raine says the title of his poetry book, The way the creator sees youcomes from a poem she wrote about her partner.

“It was at the very end of the poem. I asked him, “Do you see yourself as the Creator sees you? and it just came so naturally to me,” she says. “I stuck with that when I started writing my children’s book.”

The Way Creator Sees You contains 11 illustrations and 11 pages of free verse poetry with an informal rhyme scheme. Raine says there is a common rhyme pattern of “A, AB, B” throughout the poem that flowed naturally as she wrote it.

The book includes illustrations by Anwar Hussian as well as Raine. It is dedicated to Raine’s nephew, Nakomi Bellerose-Raine.

Do not abandon

Raine says she took a poetry course at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), before pursuing her children’s poetry book in September.

“I love to write, I love poetry and I’m currently working on a fictional novel which hopefully will be published later this year,” she says.

She says her biggest challenge has been finding patience in the writing process and the sometimes lengthy editing process. Her hopes are to overcome these challenges while working on her novel.

“I feel like as writers we struggle a lot with impostor syndrome, and I often feel like we have writer’s block and we have these challenges” , adds Raine, “I think it’s important to remember your why – why do you write?”

“I feel like my ‘why’ was, it helps me reconnect with my childhood dreams of being a writer.”

She says her advice to new writers is to believe you have a bigger purpose behind your writing.

“I’m going to show up and do this job because there’s a bigger purpose behind it, but, like, the universe also has to show up for me, too,” she says.

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XRP crashed to $0.7 level; here’s where buyers can step in

Warning: The conclusions of the following analysis are the sole opinions of the author and should not be taken as investment advice.

On the daily time frame, XRP looked strongly bearish. The $0.77 area was where a support level was and some demand was expected to come. Some demand was seen, but nowhere near close enough to stop the mounting selling pressure.

The next area of ​​demand lay at $0.51. Could XRP see a rebound from this zone?

Source: XRP/USDT on TradingView

XRP’s move from the $1.34 high to the $0.6 low in December was used to plot a set of Fibonacci retracement levels (white). The price rebounded from this zone in December to $1, but was rejected.

A retest of the $0.77 demand zone saw price slide below and swing it into a supply zone. Since then, January has seen steady losses. The market structure remained bearish.

The 27% extension level, based on the aforementioned set of Fibonacci levels, was $0.39. This level represents an area where a move below $0.6 (100% of the previous move) can find relief. However, the $0.51 area saw a bullish order block form in July earlier in 2021. A similar bullish reaction could play out again. However, the trend would remain bearish.

The price fell below a channel (yellow) whose midpoint also acted as resistance in December. The lows of this channel could act as supply, which means that the $0.64-$0.7 area could be a supply zone in the coming weeks.


Source: XRP/USDT on TradingView

The daily RSI has remained above 30 for most of the past six to seven months, with brief dips. The most recent selloff for XRP fell as low as 23.1 and retested 30 as resistance. A relief recovery can be expected, but it does not have to be a sustained recovery.

Even though the price was at $0.6, the Stochastic RSI was climbing once again. The indicator seemed to be gathering steam for another drop.

The OBV has been on a downtrend since September, in line with the price action.


The trend and structure of the XRP market was decidedly bearish. A support level of $0.51 can act as a demand domain, while the $0.64-0.7 domain could be retested as a supply domain. A move back above $0.7 and $0.77 would be needed to break the bearish pattern.

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A crypto group spent $3 million on a ‘Dune’ book thinking it would get the rights to the story

If fear is the mind killer, then stupidity must be the wallet killer. Just ask the crypto brothers who made a three million dollar mistake by not reading the fine print.

An anonymous NFT group called Spice DAO (Decentralized Anonymous Organization) made waves last week when it triumphantly tweeted about its recent acquisition of a rare art book: Jodorowsky Dunethe guide to an ambitious but ill-fated film adaptation by Frank Herbert Dunes. These Spiceheads had big plans to convert the book to NFT, burn the physical copy, and adapt the story into an animated series. There’s just one problem: they didn’t know they didn’t own the copyrights to Dunes. All they have is a very, very expensive book.

Before we get too deep into this story of crypto madness, a bit of a primer on the book: In 1974 director Alexander Jodorowsky decided to make a film adaptation of Dunes. Two years into the process, the project was killed due to a lack of funding, but not before it became a cinematic legend. Jodorowsky imagined the film at two o’clock, with a score by Pink Floyd; meanwhile, Salvador Dalí signed on to play Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino, though his exorbitant salary may have been the project’s kiss of death. Determined to become the highest paid actor in history, Dalí demanded to be paid $100,000 per minute of screen time. Orson Welles was set to play the villainous Baron Harkonnen, and even Mick Jagger signed on for an unspecified role. Ironically, the unmade film was later made into a documentary in 2014.

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Before the project was finally canned, Jodorowsky present studio executives with a comprehensive concept art book, which included sets, character designs and a storyboard of the entire film drawn by Moebius, the legendary French cartoonist. It is estimated that between ten and twenty copies of Jodorowsky Dune still exist in the wild; periodically they come up for auction, fetching somewhere around $25,000. Last November, one of these copies has climbed at auction at Christie’s, where appraisers expected it to sell for around $40,000.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when Spice DAO stepped in with an offer that went down well, path above the asking price. Spice DAO paid more than a hundred times the modest estimate, winning the book for $3 million. According to a survey by BuzzFeed Newsthe money was crowdfunded Dunes-cryptocurrency enthusiasts Spice DAO, who have promised to vote on the future of the book. Spice DAO declared that its goal was “to release a collection of NFTs that are technically innovative and culturally disruptive”. Burning the book would be “an incredible marketing stunt that could be videotaped”; the video itself would then be sold as NFT. (Looks like these crypto bros got too much spice, right?)

When Spice DAO touted their purchase on Twitter, the internet was quick to set them straight. Purchase Jodorowsky Dune does not confer the copyright necessary to produce Jodorowsky’s vision; he only confers a very old and very expensive book. Spice DAO also intended to make the book public, which is a lofty goal – or it would be, if the book wasn’t already free and available on the Internet by Steve Jobs. Ultimately, Spice DAO made a very costly mistake, illustrating how some crypto brethren with millions to burn don’t even know what they’re buying.

But Spice DAO doesn’t want to hear it. In a post on Medium after the blowback, the group provided an update on its master plan: “After two months of outreach, conversations with former business partners and consultations with legal counsel, we were unable to reach an agreement with any of the rights holders involved in the creation of the content of the storyboards book collected from Jodorowsky DuneSounds like a dead end, right? But Spice DAO won’t be shut down. According to the post, they’re having “a whirlwind week of meetings with industry professionals,” including Drake’s attorney, a producer animation on Kill Billa writer on Netflix love death and robots, three Los Angeles animation studios, a science fiction publisher, and “Roble Ridge Productions, which has relationships with famous Hollywood actors.” Spice and meetings must flow.

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According to trademark attorney Kirstey Stewart, Spice DAO is about to have a rude awakening every time they come to their senses. As Stewart said The Guardian“In order to produce or license derivative works as an animated series, Spice DOA would have to obtain licenses from the Herbert Estate, as well as potentially Jodorowsky (and any other authors such as Michel Seydoux) if the adaptation was based on the Similar Much like buying a Batman comic doesn’t give you inherent rights to produce a new Batman movie, buying that director’s bible doesn’t give Spice DOA any inherent rights to produce new material.

    In Dunes, Herbert envisions a world without computers; according to tradition, “thinking machines” were once humanity’s greatest adversary. Maybe Herbert was onto something there?

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    Book of Boba Fett and The Witcher take over

    Boba Fett book earned the No. 1 spot on the TV Demand charts nearly a month after its release on Disney+.

    The Space Western series is created by an acclaimed actor and director Jon Favreau and features actor Kiwi Temuera Morrison as a former bounty hunter Boba Fettalongside co-star Ming Na Wenlike Fennec Shand an assassin under his service.

    Over the past week, Boba Fett book was 29.65 points above the market average in Australia and 23.04 points above the market average in New Zealand.

    Meanwhile Netflix the witcher moved up the rankings with a gain of 25.28 points above the market average in Australia.

    It comes after the streaming giant renewed the popular series for a third season months before season two was released in December.

    the witcher creator, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich also signed a big multi-year deal with Netflix last year, cementing his place with the streaming service.

    “I am so thrilled to have found my home at Netflix, and I look forward to continuing what has been an incredibly fulfilling creative partnership,” she said in a report from Deadline.

    “While my heart belongs to the witcher Franchise, I also look forward to participating in other exciting projects for their global audiences in the years to come,” she added.

    The second season of the fantasy drama, starring Henry Cavill, outperformed Karate Kid spin-off series Cobra Kai in Australia with 23.35 points.

    In New Zealand, he took fifth place with 13.14 points above the market average.

    Amazon Prime Video’s sci-fi series The extent slipped to fourth place with 21.49 points above the market average, but remained strong in New Zealand in second place with 17.55 points.

    Completing the top five is The Mandalorian featuring Pedro Pascal like Din Djarin with 21.26 points above the market average in Australia, while in New Zealand it comes in sixth place with 12.3 points.

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    Fabrizio Romano: the prophet of the football market

    In part, his growing influence — he’s added five million social media followers in the past 18 months alone — can be attributed to his work ethic. When Romano isn’t submitting transfer stories to The Guardian or Sky Sport, he’s uploading them to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, or he’s talking about them on his podcast or Twitch channel or in his latest role, accepted the year last, with CBS Sports. He discusses it with one of the club-specific podcasts he finds time to grace with his presence as a guest, or responds to his subscribers directly on social media. We are also talking about a book. During the transfer window, he says, he does not go to bed regularly until 5 a.m.

    Whether it’s dedication to his craft or devotion to his brand, or neither – Romano has puppy delight talking about his passion – it worked. Often now the scope of the clubs and player actually involved in a given transfer is dwarfed by that of the person reporting it.

    Last summer, as Spanish side Valencia struck a deal to sign Marcos André, a Brazilian striker who had spent the previous season playing for La Liga rivals Real Valladolid, the club’s marketing and communications arm , VCF Media, was tasked with finding an unexpected and impactful way to announce it.

    A transfer, after all, is a chance for a club to grab some attention, win some eyeballs and maybe win some new fans in what is now a global battle for commitment. Valencia not only compete with domestic rivals like Villarreal or Sevilla for this audience, but also with teams from Italy, Germany and England.

    The problem, as far as the club could tell, was that there was nothing new in the club’s interest in signing Marcos André. There had been a series of stories hinting at the move for weeks. To reach the widest possible audience with its confirmation, VCF Media decided to do something a little different.

    Once the deal paperwork was completed and the player passed his medical, the club contacted Romano and, with the blessing of Borja Couce, Marcos André’s agent, asked him if he would like to be part of the announcement. He agreed and filmed a short video to tease the affair. It ended, of course, with his slogan.

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    Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street losses

    A woman wearing a face mask walks near a bank in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Asian markets mostly fell on Monday after a selloff gave Wall Street its worst week since the pandemic began in early 2020. (AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)

    A woman wearing a face mask walks near a bank in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. Asian markets mostly fell on Monday after a selloff gave Wall Street its worst week since the pandemic began in early 2020. (AP Photo/Lee ​​Jin-man)


    Stocks were mixed on Monday in Asia after Wall Street recorded its worst week since the pandemic began in 2020.

    Benchmarks fell in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney but rose in Tokyo. Shanghai has changed little. US futures were higher.

    Investors are increasingly worried about how aggressively the Federal Reserve, which is holding a policy meeting this week, might act to rein in rising inflation.

    Historically low interest rates, called quantitative easing, or QE, have helped support the broader market as the economy absorbed a heavy hit from the pandemic in 2020 and then recovered over the past two years.

    “The FOMC (Fed) meeting dominates the macro calendar this week and should keep risk sentiment on the tentative side with the end of QE and imminent rate hikes likely to be announced,” said economists Nicholas Mapa and Robert ING’s Carnell in a statement. remark.

    Some economists believe the US central bank needs to act faster to curb soaring prices by raising rates. Consumer prices in the United States rose 7% in December from a year earlier, the largest increase in nearly four decades.

    Rising costs have also raised fears that consumers will begin to cut back on spending due to continued pressure on their wallets. At the same time, outbreaks of the omicron variant of the coronavirus threaten to slow recovery from the crisis.

    Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.2% to 27,588.37, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1% to 24,721.49. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.5% to 7,139.50 and India’s Sensex fell 1.7% to 58,072.62.

    South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.5% to 2,794.26 on the back of a sell-off from big tech companies like Samsung and LG Chemical. The Thai SET lost 0.6%.

    The Shanghai Composite Index gained less than 0.1% to 3,524.11.

    On Friday, the benchmark S&P 500 fell 1.9% to 4,397.94, down 5.7% for the week in its worst weekly loss since March 2020.

    The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index fell 2.7% to 13,768.92. It has fallen for four consecutive weeks and is now more than 10% below its most recent peak, putting it in what Wall Street considers a market correction.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.3% to 34,265.37.

    Peloton rose 11.7% after the maker of exercise bikes and treadmills said second-quarter revenue would meet previous estimates. The stock fell a day earlier after CNBC reported that Peloton was temporarily halting production of exercise equipment to stem a drop in sales.

    With investors expecting the Fed to start raising rates as soon as its March policy meeting, expensive tech stocks and other expensive growth stocks now look relatively less attractive.

    Technology and communications stocks were among the market’s biggest drags on Friday. Video streaming service Netflix plunged 21.8% after posting another quarter of disappointing subscriber growth. Disney, which has also been trying to grow its subscriber base for its streaming service, fell 6.9%.

    Treasury yields have fallen as investors turn to safer investments. The 10-year Treasury yield was flat Monday at 1.77%.

    The Fed’s benchmark short-term interest rate is currently in a range of 0% to 0.25%. Investors now see a nearly 70% chance that the Fed will raise the rate by at least one percentage point by the end of the year, according to the CME Group’s Fed Watch tool.

    In other trading, the benchmark U.S. crude oil gained 55 cents to $85.69 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 41 cents to $85.14 a barrel on Friday.

    Brent crude, the pricing basis for international oils, added 59 cents to $88.48 a barrel.

    The US dollar fell from 113.68 yen to 113.82 Japanese yen. The euro slipped to $1.1319 from $1.1346.

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    Prince Charles hands an olive branch to Prince Harry lest he criticize Camilla for harming his childhood in a new book

    PRINCE CHARLES offered Harry an olive branch – fearing his impending memoirs would smack Camilla.

    Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next month, the Prince of Wales is said to have invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay with him amid their ongoing security concerns.


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    A source said: ‘Harry is fiercely loyal and protective of his late mother and her legacy, and did not approve of Camilla’s arrival.Credit: Getty

    But privately, Charles told aides he feared his younger son’s shock book would be an “exhilarating takedown” of the Duchess of Cornwall – particularly in the early years of the couple’s romance.

    A source said last night: ‘Forget the Prince Andrew saga, the main talking point at Clarence House is Harry’s book – and the reputational damage it could very well cause.

    “There are concerns about Harry’s memories of Camilla’s entry into the Royal Family and how her long love affair with Charles damaged him from an early age.

    “Harry is fiercely loyal and protective of his late mother and her legacy, and did not approve of Camilla becoming the great love of his father’s life.

    “Understandably, he found those early years incredibly difficult, and he could publicly blame Camilla for much of what he thinks went wrong as a child, and the trauma the whole situation caused.

    “Charles is deeply protective of Camilla. The last thing he needs – especially in a year of celebration that should be all about the Queen – is an excoriating dismantling of Camilla at a time when people have finally taken her into their own. heart.

    Last year, Harry stunned the monarchy after announcing he had signed a book deal to tell his story.

    Publisher Random House released a statement saying: “Prince Harry will, for the first time ever, share the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that helped shape him.

    “Covering his life in the public eye, from his childhood to the present day, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, which shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous and uplifting human story. .”

    It remains to be seen how “honest” Harry will be. And how damaging the book could be to Charles and Camilla is also at stake.

    The source adds: “Harry is also still angry at his father, who insists he cut him off financially, despite published royal accounts suggesting he hasn’t.

    “He hopes that by inviting Harry to stay he can talk to him softly about the book and ask him if there is anything he needs to know. He is also desperate to see his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet – the latter, of course, whom he has not yet met.

    Indeed, Harry would have a form of indiscretion. The publication in 2020 of his and Meghan’s controversial biography, Finding Freedom, led to even more friction between father and son.

    According to insiders, Charles wanted to know if Harry contributed to the book.

    This, in turn, apparently made the Duke wonder if his father had helped author Robert Jobson, whose 2018 book Charles At Seventy first revealed Harry’s explosive claim, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets it.”

    As is now known, in November Meghan was forced to admit she had helped the authors with their research, prompting The Sun to dub her Little Miss Forgetful given her earlier outright denials.

    Things have only gotten worse in the seismic wake of Harry and Meghan’s claims that they were victims of racist comments about their son Archie’s skin color.


    Since then, Charles himself has been accused in another book of being the racist royal – something his staff furiously called a “fiction”.

    And in his controversial Oprah Winfrey interview last year, Harry claimed that Charles had “literally cut me off financially. . . in the first quarter of 2020”.

    However, accounts showed the Prince of Wales helped the Duke and Duchess with a ‘substantial amount’ of cash after they left royal duties two years ago – £2million in the financial year 2020/21.

    Harry and Meghan were still listed as receiving money from Charles of Cornwall’s Duchy of Cornwall revenue, despite stepping down from their royal roles.

    Of course, it was Charles who footed the bill for his son’s spectacular 2018 wedding to Meghan, whom he emotionally walked down the aisle in place of his poor father, Thomas.

    Yet in a podcast last May, Harry made another mildly passive-aggressive dig at his father, saying, “He treated me the way he was treated.”

    He added: ‘I don’t think we should be pointing fingers or blaming anyone, but certainly when it comes to parenthood, if I have felt any form of pain or suffering because of the pain or the suffering that maybe my father or my parents had suffered, I will make sure to break this cycle so as not to pass it on.

    “It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed down anyway, so we as parents should be doing everything we can to try and say, ‘You know what, this happened to me, I’m going to m ‘make sure it doesn’t ‘it doesn’t happen to you’.

    It is believed that his comments were partly a dig into Charles’s handling of Diana’s death when Harry was just 12. harmful or hurtful claims are made against it.

    An aide added: “Charles has shared his concerns with William and is keen for him to somehow record and defend Camilla, should the book attack him.

    “But as much as William loves his father, he is unlikely to want to get involved. In all likelihood, he will try to stay neutral.

    At 95, the Queen has been through some traumatic times over the past two years. She was deeply saddened by Harry and Meghan’s move to the US and the stepping down of their royal duties, and she has yet to meet her seven-month-old great-granddaughter, Lilibet, who is named after her. honor.

    Last April, her beloved husband Prince Philip died aged 99 – and he’s glad he didn’t live to see their sex scandal-hit son Andrew stripped of his life. his military titles.

    Last weekend it emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had threatened legal action against the Home Office.

    The couple have sought a judicial review of the decision not to allow Harry to pay for police protection while the family is in the UK.

    Next month, the Queen will celebrate 70 years on the throne, with an unprecedented series of special events to mark the occasion.

    She must be hoping this heralds a happier phase of her reign.

    The 2020 publication of Harry and Meghan's controversial biography Finding Freedom led to even more friction between father and son


    The 2020 publication of Harry and Meghan’s controversial biography Finding Freedom led to even more friction between father and sonCredit: The Mega Agency
    Harry lost his mother Diana when he was just 12 and has opened up about the impact her death had on his childhood


    Harry lost his mother Diana when he was just 12 and has opened up about the impact her death had on his childhoodCredit: PA: Press Association
    In 1970 Charles and Camilla met at a polo match and started dating, but Charles left to serve in the Navy and when he returned she was engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles.


    In 1970 Charles and Camilla met at a polo match and started dating, but Charles left to serve in the Navy and when he returned she was engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles.Credit: Rex Features
    Charles and Diana married in 1981, five years later he began an affair with Camilla, according to his authorized biography


    Charles and Diana married in 1981, five years later he began an affair with Camilla, according to his authorized biographyCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Charles footed the bill for his son's spectacular 2018 wedding to Meghan, whom he emotionally walked down the aisle


    Charles footed the bill for his son’s spectacular 2018 wedding to Meghan, whom he emotionally walked down the aisleCredit: Getty

    A tangled love story

    1970: Charles and Camilla meet at a polo match and begin dating but Charles leaves to serve in the Navy, and when he returns she is engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles.

    1977: Prince Charles meets Lady Diana Spencer on a grouse hunt while dating his sister, Lady Sarah.

    July 29, 1981: Charles and Diana marry at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

    1986: Charles begins an affair with Camilla, according to his authorized biography written by journalist Jonathan Dimbleby.

    1989: Diana confronts Camilla at a party about her affair with Charles.

    December 9, 1992: Prime Minister John Major announces that Charles and Diana have officially separated.

    1994: Charles denies his affair with Camilla, calling her “a great friend of mine” during a Jonathan Dimbleby documentary.

    January 1995: Camilla and Andrew announce that they are going to divorce.

    November 20, 1995: Diana says: ‘There were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded’ during an explosive BBC Panorama interview.

    August 28, 1996: Charles and Diana’s divorce is finalized.

    August 31, 1997: Diana dies in a car accident in Paris.

    February 10, 2005: Charles and Camilla announce their engagement, 35 years after they first met.

    April 9, 2005: They marry in a civil ceremony with Prince William as a witness. The queen is not present

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle do not have Met Police protection because the risk is so LOW, says former royal cop
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    Start Your Week Smart: Sinema, Kohl’s, Pandemic, Wildfire, NFL Playoffs

    By AJ Willingham, CNN

    Did you know that approximately 40% of American households buy a car each year? It’s quite a statistic, especially since car prices are so high. They are expected to calm down soon, but don’t expect them to return to pre-pandemic levels.

    Here’s what else you need to know to Start your week smart.

    The weekend that was

    • The Arizona Democratic Party executive board said yesterday that it officially censored Senator Kyrsten Sinema for voting in favor of keeping the Senate’s filibuster rules, block Democrats’ suffrage legislation, a key priority for the party.

    • Kohl’s retailer received an unsolicited offer of $9 billion yesterday to become private from a consortium backed by an activist investor, according to published sources.

    • Federal regulators are considering limit the authorization of certain monoclonal antibody treatments which have not been shown to be effective against Omicron variant of the coronavirus, a source close to the decision-making told CNN.

    • Crews fighting a wildfire along the central California coast near the iconic Highway 1 made progress over the weekend to contain the blaze, but dozens of homes remain under evacuation orders.

    • The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers both picked up shock wins on field goals as time expired as they both entered their NFL playoff split matchups as than outsiders.

    The week ahead


    Monday is the United Nations International Day of Education. Education keeps people out of poverty, protects societies from corruption and inequality, and empowers underserved populations. So go thank an educator for all they do to keep this world afloat.


    The Federal Open Market Committee meets for the first time in 2022, and two elements will take priority: inflation and interest rates. The Fed is already planning to raise interest rates later this year and end other emergency measures it has put in place to cushion the economic blow of the pandemic. At the end of this two-day meeting, we may get more information on how this will all play out.

    Happy Republic Day to our Indian friends. Republic Day marks the anniversary of the Constitution of India entered into force in 1950.

    And Happy Australia Day to all our friends down there enjoying this day to reflect on the diverse history of their beautiful country.


    Thursday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and is a time to remember the 6 million Jews and millions of other victims who were killed under the Nazi regime.

    Want more than 5 things?

    This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN Aviation correspondent Pete Muntean gives us an explanation of 5G and why airlines are so concerned about rolling it out around major airports. listen now!

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    What’s Happening in Entertainment

    The Britney controversy is far from over

    Britney Spears may be freed from her 13-year guardianship, but more battles are brewing between the pop star and her family. Spears sent a legal cease and desist letter to her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, this week, demanding that she stop talking about her older sister during her book tour for her new memoir, ‘Things I Should Have Said’. Spears’ attorney called the book “inappropriate” and said he made “misleading or outrageous claims about it.” Additionally, a judge recently sided with Spears in an ongoing court battle with her father, Jamie Spears, who has asked his daughter to set aside money from his $60 million estate for cover legal costs, including his own.

    Calling all Bridgerton and Downton Abbey fans!

    Looking for your next dose of period drama? Set your ceiling for “The Gilded Age” on HBO Max, set in 1880s New York City. Its creator, Julian Fellowes, was also behind “Downton Abbey”, and CNN’s Brian Lowry says “Fellowes and his sprawling cast delivered another sharp look at wealth and class in ancient times, when even those with gold chafed at complex rules.”

    What happens in sports

    The NFL Divisional Round is happening this week

    The Los Angeles Rams play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 3:00 p.m. ET today for the chance to face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship next Sunday.

    The Buffalo Bills will face the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. ET today. The winner will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship next Sunday.

    (For those uninitiated in the NFL, this weekend’s games are the quarterfinals, and the AFC and NFC are the two league conferences. You’re welcome.)

    The Australian Open is on

    There have already been a few surprises midway through the fourth round of play. Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu had high hopes after returning to action after winning the US Open last year, but was shot by Danka Kovinić unrated. Meanwhile, Japanese player Taro Daniel pulled off a stunning second-round upset, beating American favorite Andy Murray.

    Keep an eye out for the women’s final, which takes place this Friday, and the men’s final, which takes place this Saturday.

    It’s quiz time!

    Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 44% of other quiz fans have scored an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

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    Last Word: Unwritten Books

    In 1986, after India and Australia tied the second test in Chennai, I had an idea. I would write a book about this match. There was a precedent — that of Jack Fingleton The greatest test of all was an account of the first tie a quarter of a century earlier.

    Writing a book about a single game has had its challenges, but there is even a book (a monograph, actually) about a single round: John Arlott’s Alletson Sleeves, about Notts batsman Edwin Alletson making 189 in 90 minutes in 1911.

    Finally, my book was not written. My sportswriter wrote to the editors to pitch it – and none of us heard from them again!

    READ: “Necessary” for obvious reasons

    I remembered this book and other unwritten books when an interviewer asked me about one of my recent books – Why don’t you write something I can read? Reading, writing and arrhythmia — if I hadn’t written a dozen books about gambling. No, I didn’t. But my unwritten books could reach that number.

    My next unwritten book was a ghost-written autobiography by Mohinder Amarnath. We spent some time in Jamshedpur during a Ranji Trophy game and then in subsequent meetings we had many informal chats. I was excited – especially about spending time with Lala Amarnath, one of the most fascinating cricketers to play for India – but nothing came of it either.

    The closest to writing a book on cricket before writing one was during the inaugural tour of South Africa in 1992-93. A major publisher called me on Indian Express where I was a sportswriter and got the ball rolling. We met before the tour, and in South Africa I took a lot of notes. It was a historic tour, and there was a lot going on on and off the pitch. But when I returned to India, the editor seemed to have lost interest. I was stupid; I should have insisted on a contract and an advance rather than promises.

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    In My unwritten books, critic George Steiner said, “An unwritten book is more than a void. It was the unwritten book that could have made the difference. I’d like to believe that’s true in the case of my unwritten books, but I know that’s not possible!

    At different times, half a dozen Indian cricketers were keen on their autobiographies and asked me if I could write them. In one case, I got the player and the publisher together, and we discussed the project in detail. But again, things didn’t work out. I may have been to blame in some of these cases as other issues (mainly the issue of finding time) surfaced.

    Sometimes I wonder what performance I could choose if I had to write on a single run. Possibly Vinoo Mankad’s 184 at Lord’s in 1952 (he made 72 in the first innings and had match numbers of 5 for 231 in 97 overs). It would be an awesome addition to my list of unwritten books.

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    Let’s get the disbelievers out of the Congressional stock market!

    As the names of the Senate’s competing bills suggest, the key word for reformers is “ban” – the very verb that should have been applied from the start to the practice of lawmakers using the myriad inside information at their disposal to make fast money. The Ossoff-Kelly and Hawley bills would be a huge improvement over the STOCK Act. This law essentially forces lawmakers to self-police, which largely explains why he failed. You don’t have to take my word for it: As one of the creators of the law, Tyler Gellasch, explained to Politico in March 2020, he “didn’t go far enough”.

    Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics who is now a senior fellow at the Project on Government Oversight, approved the Ossoff-Kelly Bill on Hawley. Among its superior virtues, Shaub cites the old measure’s stronger commitment to public transparency, stiffer penalties for non-compliance, and fewer procedural hurdles that could allow fraudsters to shirk their responsibilities: Ossoff-Kelly Bill, Shaub tweeted, “says the ethics committee ‘shall’ impose a sanction on non-compliant members”, while Hawley’s “says the ethics committee ‘may’ impose a sanction” for such infractions. “This committee hasn’t imposed any sanctions on anyone for over a decade,” Shaub notes.

    Whether you prefer one or the other, the big question is whether either can get past both houses of Congress and into Joe Biden’s office. And the answer is: of course not, due to the aforementioned dysfunction, enabled by the filibuster, which is currently seizing legislative power. Sorry for the bad news!

    But if either bill were introduced, there would still be force the bad guys to take a hard vote, and turn out to be enemies of this common-sense reform. Voters should be given the opportunity to identify lawmakers who oppose the ban on stock trading and find alternatives to send to Washington on their behalf. Perhaps it is possible to elect more legislators outside the shareholder class. Either way, the sooner we start forcing people to choose between being a stock investor and being a public servant, the sooner we’ll have a better class of both.

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    André Leon Talley: Chief Mentor

    Tre’vell Anderson, 30, a culture and entertainment journalist, said an interview he did with Mr Talley was life-changing. “I was wearing what I thought was the most expensive outfit at the time,” Mx said. Anderson said of their black leggings, heels and poncho. Mr. Talley, seated majestically on a sofa, peppered Mx. Anderson with questions about their lives and careers and the two bonded grow up in the South and be raised by their grandmothers.

    Years later, Mr. Talley would include the exchange in his 2020 memoir, ‘The Chiffon Trenches’, writing: “In Tre’Vell, I see my young self. At that point I vividly thought back to Karl Lagerfeld’s interview at the Plaza in 1975. Now I was being asked questions about the documentary and my background.

    Mr. Talley’s work will live on thanks in part to the SCAD Museum of Art, which houses the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. (Past recipients include Vivienne Westwood, Oscar de la Renta and Karl Lagerfeld.) Mr. Talley visited SCAD frequently, often helping students land jobs and internships.

    “He loved the students at SCAD,” SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace said in a statement. “A few years ago, after a screening of ‘The Gospel According to André Leon Talley’ at SCAD Atlanta, he spent hours on stage, taking selfies with at least a hundred excited students, making everyone feels loved and seen.”

    Mx. Anderson said Mr Talley’s legacy was “complicated”. “But a lot of us wouldn’t be in the positions we’re in if he hadn’t bitten the bullet,” they said.

    Mr. Calmese wishes more people could see the side of Mr. Talley that he saw. He remembers the last time he spent time with Mr. Talley himself: an afternoon spent just sitting on the porch, enjoying cookies and tea. Former model Sandi Bass was there too.

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    “As we see it” is not a typical representation of autism

    With three actors on the spectrum playing characters on the spectrum, there were bound to be times when the lines between real life and the show’s fictional world blurred. There were scenes where Pien’s character Violet was falling apart, and Rutecki would want to break character to come and appease her, Pien said. Another time, between takes, Rutecki clasped his hands over his ears to cut out loud sounds on set; Pien came over and put her own hands over her ears, in solidarity.

    “I had so many wonderful experiences on set,” Rutecki said.

    For some scenes, Glassman used his own triggers — like his aversion to loud chewing sounds — to get into character.

    “My dad chews hard and it drives me crazy,” he said. “So I asked the director if we could make the person next to me chew hard, because I was supposed to be very frantic in the scene, and I knew listening to this man chew would drive me nuts.”

    Katims initially wondered what kinds of challenges having many cast and crew members on the spectrum might present. Should production, for example, work different hours or create many new protocols on set? “We didn’t,” he said. “And those three leads came so prepared. There are a lot of actors I’ve worked with on other shows, and I wonder if they might be as prepared.

    Katims have already started brainstorming new stories for a hoped-for second season, while the cast hopes their performances will ease the way for more neurodiverse actors to make their way into films and series.

    “I don’t want to stand on that hill and say only autistic people should play with autistic people,” Glassman said. “But I think the pendulum needs to swing a bit, and TV shows like this bring to light the idea that, oh look, they can do that.”

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    Four great tips for better subject lines

    subject linesIf your subject line doesn’t stand out in your audience’s inbox, they won’t engage. They will never see the informative post you wrote or the valuable content you spent creating for them. And yet, too often, subject lines become hastily written, truly after-the-fact sentences, rather than carefully crafted elements of your communication efforts. It’s time to stop shooting yourself in the foot.

    We’ll be the first to admit it: subject lines aren’t easy to write. An effective subject line should grab your audience’s attention and convince them to open the email – and it’s best to do this in 50 characters or less. Critical to our business model, at TechTarget, we write thousands upon thousands of email subject lines every year. We do this to ensure that our audiences always find our essential buyer-focused editorial and enterprise technology content assets from our supplier-customers. The health of our business literally depends on our ability to do it right, so we’ve come to rely on a few basic strategies to consistently create subject lines that increase open rates and improve overall reach. Here we share four of them.

    #1 – Variety: A good construction (and certainly a good line) is never enough

    Getting a good subject line can feel like magic, and especially when you’re just starting out, it can take a lot of trying to find something that’s clearly better than average. Even the real pros are a bit like ducks – calm above water but paddling like mad below. As they know, and you’ll probably find, even the best seldom write anything better than basically usable lines in just a few minutes. Although any given day the interview may be the best time for you when you’re under fire, our pros take the time to spend intense periods, say 30 minutes or more, jotting down dozens of essays when they can. They then edit their work to show off their top five and share them with a trusted colleague. They put the best out there, but even when they find a clear winner, they know it will wear out quickly. Thus, this process never ends. The last thing you need is for your target audience to think they’ve already seen what you’re sending! Don’t fall into the clickbait trap of too many top 10 lists, “three keys to” builds and the like. While these are shortcuts that certainly work once in a while, in serious B2B your content strategy deserves better. Meaty content should produce strong subject lines without you having to rely on clickbait tricks.

    #2 – Tone: B2B doesn’t have to be boring

    In B2B, you can be expected to maintain a serious tone. And being clear is always a valid goal. But you still need your subject lines to stand out from each other and stand out from the crowd. So don’t get stuck in the quicksand of boredom and business jargon. For a writer, subject lines are an opportunity to think and doodle outside the lines. Often, we’ve found that’s what will help your open rates really show. Try to write topics that are fun, witty, technical, dramatic, etc. Both experiment in the context of what has already worked with your audience and keep trying new areas that haven’t been explored. What works with some targets may not work at all with others. And what works now may not work later. Thinking about your audience over time, changing your tone will refresh you and your audience. Taking advantage of different tones at different times in holiday or event calendars can be rewarding with each change of season.

    #3 – Think big and small: small adjustments can have a big impact

    Although I mentioned that we strive to avoid the clickbait trap, making simple changes to your subject lines can have a huge effect on open rates. When using this approach, remember that your reader expects you to deliver on the promise you made. The trap occurs when you promise quality but deliver recycled materials or worse.

    Use numbers. Our brains are naturally drawn to numbers, so by including them in a subject line, your audience often pays more attention to them.


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    Include the offer. Give your audience a taste of what you’re sharing when downloading or signing up, whether it’s a webinar, whitepaper, or other offering. People like to know exactly what they will get.


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    #4 – Revisit, rework, send back

    If you really want to do well with this, you’ll become obsessed with looking at email performance data, especially open rate! Start the process by first establishing a set of benchmarks on the overall performance of the different categories of your mail flows. Think about upper, middle, and lower funnel types. Think of different types per target or active persona. Find the best performers and the worst performers, both within and across categories. Compare and contrast, then document what you’ve learned to know how you’ll move forward. With poor performance, consider whether they should be changed immediately or retested. With the best performers, consider using with different topics and audiences, but avoid exhausting them.

    Business writing is undoubtedly both a science and an art. That said, true greatness in subject line writing, like so many other things in life, benefits greatly from the thought and time a writer is willing to devote to it. The more you read about this and related topics, the more you will know. The more you work at it, refine your own efforts, and learn from the efforts of your colleagues and peers, the faster and better you will generate results that will make you proud and help your business. Remember this: Entire careers are still built on the power of titles alone (after all, that’s what subject lines really are)!

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    Call on authors and publishers as plans are unveiled for UCLan Publishing’s Northern Young Adult Literary Festival in Preston

    The Northern YA (Young Adult) Literary Festival, also known as the NYA Festival, will take place May 21-22.

    This year, a particular focus will be on mindfulness, mental health and humor.

    Hazel Holmes, editor at UCLan Publishing, manages and organizes the festival and associated event Northern Kids Literary Festival (KIDSLitFest). Both were

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    forced online last year due to the pandemic.

    The Young Adults Festival celebrates books, ranging from fiction to non-fiction and poetry, for ages 12 and up.

    Hazel, who is delighted to have secured £15,000 Arts Council funding for this year’s event, said: “We are hoping to hold in-person events on campus.

    The popular festival is also designed to bring authors to the north. Hazel: “It’s a way to get a very London-centric industry out of London.”

    Part of the Northern YA Literary Festival logo

    Visitors come from the North West, but also from far beyond, for events at UCLan’s Greenbank building near Cold Bath Street.

    Hazel said: “It’s all free. We really want to make sure it’s suitable for everyone, regardless of income. We always prioritize inclusivity and cultural diversity – there will be something for everyone.”

    This year, in the wake of the long-running Covid pandemic, Hazel says there will be “a lot of emphasis on mental health and mindfulness”, but she’s also hoping for “a laugh-out-loud event” with lots of happiness and humor.

    The Sunday Northern Kids festival event will be family friendly with plenty of activities and workshops for children. Hazel said they now want to spread the message to let parents, young people, teachers and librarians and anyone interested know that they will be welcome. She said: “We want to encourage them to bring the kids to campus and have a lot of fun. We want to reach people all over the North West and let everyone know they can come and have a great weekend. -end with us.”

    UCLan Publishing has an impressive number of books coming out this year

    UCLan Publishing works closely with students of UCLan’s MA publishing course. She said: “Students work on live projects because they are part of the team. They learn to edit, design, compose and market books. They learn all aspects of publishing… We We’re a real business and we use our business to showcase best practices.”

    One of the UCLan Publishing books to be launched at the Festival will be by radio presenter Natasha Devon, who advocates for youth mental health. Hazel said, “We attract truly stellar authors to our roster. We publish authors from all over the country.”

    The closing date for pitches from publishers and authors who wish to propose ideas to appear at the Festival is January 28.

    For details on last year’s NYALitFest and KIDSLitFest, see hereFor more on Prestonian Hazel, his career and the festivals, see here* Become a subscriber. For unlimited access to our local reports, purchase a subscription here.

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    Bad Blood Reveals New Cover, Gets Comic Book Release

    the Deadpool: Bad Blood graphic novel is making a return to comic book stores this spring. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld teamed up with writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers to deliver Deadpool’s first original graphic novel in 2017, and now the action-packed story is making a comeback as a miniseries. serialized comics. New prints available in April will include new cover art from Rob Liefeld, who transformed the Merc With a Mouth from a popular X-Men and Marvel Comics character into a feature film superstar played by headline-grabbing Ryan Reynolds. of two tentpole films with a third in the works from Marvel Studios.

    “I don’t know which call was better, the one from 2017 when Marvel told me DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD was the #1 graphic novel of the month or the call from last month when Marvel told me they wanted to break the 100 pages down into a mini-series for an audience that might have missed the first time!” Liefeld said. “Deadpool! Cable! X-Force! Kane and Thumper’s debut! This is my favorite work, a personal work, and I’m so thrilled that we’re releasing it in a brand new format! Get it on hand in April !!!” can exclusively reveal one of the covers of Deadpool: Bad Blood, which shows Wade Wilson holding a gun in one hand and a sword in the other hand. His signature red and black costume also shows some light damage. We also spoke to Liefeld, who provided details on the graphic novel’s single-issue release.

    “You know, it was an idea. Marvel approached me with it, and I was super excited. It made sense. It was five years later,” Liefeld said of Marvel’s decision to to go out Bad blood again. “And the icing on the cake is that I was at my retailer yesterday to buy some books and he said he was going to order it as a new issue one of Deadpool because a lot of people couldn’t afford a hardcover in 2017. And that was music to my ears.”

    Liefeld also added what he loved about the story: “It’s still my favorite work. I love everything about it. The pacing, the design, the characters, the coloring, the script, it’s really great. And, so I just think, digging it out and breaking it up into singles is exciting. And when they said, “We want to do new covers,” and of course, because the graphic novel was 100 pages in a row. Now it needs page breaks and new entry points. So it will be, each issue will have new pages making it easier for it to be published in a different format.”

    Finally, the creator of Deadpool also revealed new details about its sequel, Deadpool: Badder Blood.

    Deadpool: Badder Blood if it were to be released as a single, it’s way beyond the two numbers,” he said. It’s been drawn, colored, and finished for two issues worth the work, and is in Marvel’s hands. The idea is to ride Badder Blood on the heels of Bad blood. And even. I dig it. I really like working with guys. I really enjoy working with everyone at Marvel and the Synergy. And when they want to flip the switch, it’s exciting because when you have something you believe in, it’s even more exciting. A guy said to me yesterday “I love how excited you are about everything.” Well, double for that. I’m really excited for this. You and I are old enough to know that in the 90s when Friends and Seinfeld ruled on Thursday nights, they couldn’t have new episodes all the time, could they? And they had a campaign that said, ‘If you haven’t seen it. This is new to you!'”

    The description for Deadpool: Bad Blood reads: “Wade Wilson has been shooting, stabbing and teasing people for a long time. He’s made a lot of enemies. But the one he just can’t place is the brutal Thumper, who can’t stop hating. “Show up out of the blue to pound him into jelly. What’s Deadpool’s past connection to that beefy pestle? Wade has as many clues as you! So he decides to enlist the help of an old friend: Domino. Can he and Domino get to the bottom of things before Deadpool meets his maker again?The answers may lie in a secret mission from years ago that brought Deadpool and X-Force together.

    Deadpool: Bad Blood #1 goes on sale April 6, with Deadpool: Bad Blood #2 following April 20.

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    Writing for the rest of us | Opinion

    Edith Cook

    Once settled into retirement, we need to find ways to pass the available time, preferably without costing extra money and requiring some commitment. It was in this spirit that I joined the jury of a publication whose brainchild, a Texas lawyer, had made Ageless Authors his retirement plan. Larry Upshaw set up contests for prizes and publications through which he collected the poems, fictional stories and personal essays of authors aged 65 and over. Each submission was rated by three readers like me using a detailed rating and rating scale. Submissions that made the cut were published in annual anthologies that, in addition to award-winning stories, included at least three “honorable mentions” and at least three “recognized.”

    I signed up for “Nonfiction” and Upshaw sent me 20 submissions to read and review, along with a copy of his first anthology, published in 2017, dedicated “To All Those Laggards Who Had Other Things to Do when they were young but are now reaching their creative heights. He eventually released Shit ! I wish I hadn’t done that, which was compiled from the results of the 2018 contest and came out in 2019. In due time I received a copy.

    The book is divided into “Military Memories” and “Parents, For Better or Worse” sections, plus “Regrets: I wish I hadn’t done that.” It also contains “Special Poetry Prizes” and “Bonus Selections from Ageless Authors”. Although all sections include extraordinary efforts, one of the “military memories” caught my attention and my heart. Scooter Smith, its author, recalls a disturbing conversation with his black “roommate” in one of the squadron’s cabins. “Because of Vietnam,” the roommate tells Smith, “America is training thousands of black men in all aspects of warfare. We learn to speak the language of violence of the white devil. He also says, “Black America has finally realized that political power springs from the barrel of a gun. Smith decides not to argue but to listen to her.

    Smith, a new recruit, joined the peace movement and read the recently assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr.. Since his college year, and as an avid reader, he also knows other black writers and mentions the “Ballots”. or Bullets essay by the X guy” – i.e. Malcolm X – to his roommate. Roommate Master Ray Hill Adheres to Black Panther Principles and Is Reading Robert Williams Negroes with guns. Hill leaves the book for Smith to peruse as he boards a plane that is to take him, along with a group of contemporaries, to a base in the Philippines. When the flight falls into the South China Sea with no survivors, Smith begins to read Hill’s book. What he learns leaves the young Texan stunned by the plight of black Americans, “the crushing degradation that was an integral part of black life in America.” He realizes that “asking people who are systematically abused by the business and legal establishment to please be patient” only perpetuates the system.

    I was so taken by the writer’s courage that I made his story the focus of a proposal to Wyoming writers for a workshop on “risky writing” for his June 2020 conference. been accepted and, with the Covid raging, the conference moved on Zoom. Through Upshaw, I had contacted Scooter Smith, the writer. Would he talk about writing an essay so many years after the fact? Smith gladly agreed; he eventually mounted the narrative on PowerPoint slides for our audience to read. Larry Upshaw also joined us virtually. During the discussion, it emerged that the fateful plane crash was not due to enemy fire, as readers might assume from the account, but was caused by a flaw in the design of the airplane. The defect caused two more fatal crashes while a fourth aircraft, severely crippled, was brought in by the co-pilot whose arm was severed in the explosion that killed the captain. It was only by examining the damaged aircraft that the problem was identified.

    Upshaw was delighted with the results of the workshop. “You and I should get together and develop an online course for older writers and post it on the Ageless Authors website,” he said. “I’ve heard a number of our writers say they want to improve their writing.”

    “I’m in,” I said. Indeed, I had written a few blogs for his website, offering tips for getting started and continuing. A webinar seemed the logical next step.

    Unfortunately, three weeks later, an email arrived from Larry’s wife, Janiece, who identifies herself as “Dr. Janice Upshaw. She explained that her husband had suffered a stroke.” lucky an ambulance got him to the hospital in time,” she wrote, but warned that it would take Larry months to recover.

    In the spring of 2020, Upshaw had issued a call for entries on the theme of the crisis for the next anthology and sent me twenty-two essays to read and grade. Hoping to garner submissions on Covid, he had lowered the age requirement to fifty.

    One of the essays I marked “publishable” was “A Family Holiday” – a bland title if ever there was one, considering the trauma vacationers go through. A family from Wales, England had signed up for a holiday on the French coast in a family tent. During their second night in the tent, the writer awoke to his wife’s screams and found himself engulfed in smoke and fire. He rushed into the children’s compartment, where he stumbled upon the corpse of their three-year-old daughter. He grabbed their ten-year-old son, who was on fire, and managed to drag him outside, but the father (who wrote the story) and the child suffered burns so bad they were treated for years. I imagine that the fire, not caused by the family, also gave rise to a lawsuit which kept the family in France. They never returned to their home in Wales, says the writer, even though the tragedy occurred two decades earlier. I felt like a lot of the family’s angst was kept secret.

    “I look forward to working with this writer,” I emailed Upshaw. “The story needs some editing and the title does not prepare readers for the trauma about to be revealed. I would like to suggest a more relevant title. The family had been vacationing in France Coyou wild– “The Wild (or “Wild”) Coast” – a name that could be part of the title to allude to the coming darkness. I added that I was amazed at the many submissions that dealt with a crisis or trauma thirty or forty years in the past. Upshaw had been looking for accounts of the hardships of Covid, but clearly these were still too raw for victims to write about.

    By summer, I had read and evaluated all of the submissions assigned to me. While I thought every story should be commended – many revealed a hardship or trauma suffered by a family or an individual – some deserved more recognition, I thought, even in the two cases where other readers had rated them .

    Silence fell from Upshaw’s office. Eventually, his wife emailed, saying that Larry suffered from aphasia – an inability, caused by brain damage, to understand and express speech. I emailed back that I had heard of survivors recovering from aphasia and hoped Larry would too.

    That was eighteen months ago, and not a word has reached me (and probably my fellow evaluators elsewhere) regarding Larry’s fate. I sent emails several times but got no response. The website of still exists, and Upshaw still appears there smiling at some administrators, but the site is blocked in mid-2019. I am saddened for Larry, but I also miss the 182 authors who poured their hearts into recounting their adversities only to leave them in limbo – they may never know that a small army of readers studied every sentence of their submission. “I would be happy to contact our depositors,” I emailed Janiece but got no response.

    The finding that lingers is that many of us suffer from hardships that we never disclose – or if we do, it’s only long after we’ve fulfilled our work and family obligations, as Scooter Smith did. Perhaps, caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we cannot afford to reminisce and reflect on trauma, which requires some reliving of the experience. It takes a lot of energy, plus a willingness to work through the horror, which maybe only comes with time. Or our revelations slip away if and when we feel the urge to explain something about ourselves to our loved ones, friends or readers.

    I remain humbly grateful to the authors whose personal stories have been communicated to me, albeit by chance; they are forever etched in my heart. I keep wishing I could tell the writers who sent them.

    Edith Cook worked as a translator before immigrating to California. She has taught at several colleges and universities; as a writer, she won the Wyoming Arts Council’s Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Prize and its Professional Development Fellowship. Visit him at His opinions are his own and do not reflect the editorial position of the Cheyenne Post.

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    Tech and banking stocks drag Wall St to new 2022 low

    The 10-year yield “continues to climb painfully, under an increasingly aggressive Federal Reserve,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird. “Until last weekend, I hadn’t seen any speculation of two rate hikes at the March meeting, and now you’re starting to hear that chatter.”

    The S&P 500 fell 85.74 points to 4,577.11, the Dow fell 543.34 points to 35,368.47 and the Nasdaq fell 386.86 points to 14,506.90. The indices all hit new lows for the year. The Nasdaq bore the brunt of the losses, shedding 7.3% this month. That puts the index within 2.7% of a correction, Wall Street speaks of when a stock or index falls 10% or more from its last high. The S&P 500 is down nearly 4% for the month after hitting an all-time high on the first trading day of the year.

    The latest wave of selling comes as Wall Street tries to predict how much the Fed will raise interest rates and how quickly. The central bank has accelerated its plan to reduce bond purchases and plans to raise interest rates sooner and more often than Wall Street had expected.

    The Fed is under pressure to reduce inflation, which surged last month at its fastest pace in nearly 40 years. Meanwhile, the labor market rebounded from last year’s brief but intense coronavirus slump, leaving the unemployment rate at a pandemic low of 3.9% last month, giving the central bank more than leeway to curb the unprecedented support it has provided to the economy. since the pandemic hit.

    While higher rates could help stem the high inflation sweeping the world, they would also signal an end to the conditions that have put financial markets in “easy mode” for many investors since the start of 2020.

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    Hackney author talks independent publishing

    15:45 18 January 2022

    Indie Novella, a not-for-profit book publishing agency, is gearing up for an exciting launch in Highbury next month.

    The organization, based in north London, facilitates and inspires the work of emerging local authors.

    Both a bookseller and a publisher, Indie Novella offers collaboration opportunities, tutorials and short courses for authors.

    Damien Mosley, British-Sri Lankan author and Newington Green resident, is a founding member of Indie Novella.

    Full Wire by John McMenemie is one of the books published by Indie Novella
    Credit: Callum Hood

    Damien said: “We formed Indie Novella on the idea that there are actually a lot of really good stories out there that haven’t been discovered – so why not find them and then publish them?

    Indie Novella was founded after a group of writers, including Damien, met in writing classes four years ago.

    “We were looking to find publishing agents or self-publish, but realized the agent route was a difficult process.

    “We had this idea that there should be common ground – authors should be able to come together and work together to use the skills that a publishing house would offer, such as editing and proofreading ability,” Damien said.

    North London author and musician John McMenemie

    North London author and musician John McMenemie
    – Credit: John McMenemie

    The organization prides itself on being a “community publisher” – encouraging new and emerging authors to collaborate, share their expertise and expand their contacts in the book industry.

    Run by volunteers, Indie Novella offers free advice to authors of all ages and economic backgrounds.

    Damien said, “Having a volunteer-run organization can be tough…but when it works, you actually get people who are super passionate and do it for the love of the books.

    Mr Jones is a new book by local author Alex Woolf

    Mr Jones is a new book by local author Alex Woolf
    – Credit: Callum Hood

    When Damien started writing 10 years ago, he found that the industry had many hurdles and getting publishing advice usually cost thousands of pounds.

    This accentuated minorities, making entry into the industry nearly impossible for some.

    “It causes this fracture and if you don’t know the essential tips and tricks you’re really at a huge disadvantage,” he said.

    “What we want to do [at Indie Novella] is to take what we’ve learned and research and provide it for free.”

    AuthorAlex Woolf

    AuthorAlex Woolf
    – Credit: Alex Woolf

    This manifested itself in a free online writing course – held last December – where participants could participate at their own pace, from the comfort of their own homes.

    Indie Novella will host the nine-week course again, starting January 25.

    Damien said: “The course brings people together – I’ve personally found that the best way to learn to be a writer is to review other people’s work.

    “We’re a small publisher, but we’re the only small publisher to offer free online writing courses, as far as we can see.”

    Indie Novella brings together volunteer editors, graphic designers and publicists, to develop the work of their community of writers. New authors are encouraged to get involved by submitting their work to the Indie Novella website.

    January 26 will mark the release of the first batch of Indie Novella writers, all based in North London.

    Authors include Damien himself, children’s author Alex Woolf, musician John McMenemie and former Disney animator Sarah Airriess.

    Damien’s book, Join Up, is a comedy-drama that explores post-depression life in the style of David Nicholls.

    With the other books ranging from comedy to sci-fi, the release promises to be “colorful and exciting.”

    On February 3, Indie Novella will also hold a launch event at independent Islington [email protected] Bookshop in Highbury.

    This will be followed by a series of author readings at All Good Bookshop in Turnpike Lane.

    Disney Host Sarah Airriess' Graphic Novel The World's Worst Trip

    Disney Host Sarah Airriess’ Graphic Novel The World’s Worst Trip
    – Credit: Sarah Airreiss

    Both of these events will be an exciting and engaging way to learn more about Indie Novella’s mission and opportunities.

    “We would really like to involve more authors from Hampstead and Highgate who love fiction, who have written fiction and want to submit something,” Damien said.

    “We’re trying to grow the community, if anyone wants to get involved in any way we’d like them in part.”

    More information can be found on the Indie Novella website at

    To find out more about the [email protected] launch, visit -wire-6-30pm

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    YouTube expert Sean Cannell’s book explains how to start a profitable channel – News


    With billions of users from different corners of the world, YouTube has become the second most popular social media platform in the world. YouTube is a treasure trove of content that covers just about anything that adds value to our lives. Credit for such brilliant and meaningful content goes to the millions of content creators on YouTube who discovered they could make a living from this platform. Sean Cannell has dedicated his life to developing unique and talented YouTube content creators, helping them pursue their passion and impact the world. To take the initiative a step further, Sean launched a book, YouTube Secrets, to guide newbies to becoming successful video influencers.

    Sean started his career with YouTube almost ten years ago. At the time, it was not a popular platform for content creators to earn a living. Sean started by making hundreds of videos for a small church. His interest grew when he saw that his videos were gaining views on the platform. In 2010, Sean dropped out of college to become a YouTube video influencer. His first income from the channel was a mere $2.12, but that couldn’t dissuade his mind from building a full-time career on YouTube. After a decade, Sean broke records with his YouTube affiliate sales hitting five or six figures a month.

    After years of hard work and dedication, Sean’s channel”Think mediawas listed in Forbes’ “20 Must-Have YouTube Channels That Will Change Your Business”. His videos have generated over 43 million views, skyrocketing his subscriber base to over 1.8 million. Sean dedicated his channel to guide beginners on YouTube to create a rocking career as a video creator and influencer. His videos detail everything a beginner or intermediate video influencer would need to grow on this platform. He has a team of expert coaches who also share their experiences and knowledge to develop huge number of followers on Youtube.

    Think Media makes money by reviewing popular Amazon products that a budding video influencer would need to jump-start their career. His videos are meant to help new talent build a solid career from the ground up. Think Media guides its subscribers on basic techniques for using a camera, the best budget camera for video recording, ways to create and upload videos from a smartphone, and more. Sean has now taken it a step further by becoming a best-selling author with YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Audience and Making Money as a Video Influencer.

    As the title suggests, Sean laid bare its entrepreneurial landscape to help passionate people find a stable source of income through YouTube. This book can be a roadmap for anyone who wants to pursue a career as a video influencer. Sean co-wrote the book with Benji Travis, another famous YouTuber, to share some foolproof tips and tricks for gaining traction with your YouTube channel. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. Over 80,000 copies of YouTube Secrets have already been sold, making it one of the top sellers in the category.

    Sean is on a mission to help 10,000 people make a living doing what they love, using YouTube as their platform. With his growing popularity and humble initiatives, it’s only a matter of time before Sean turns his dream into reality.

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    Poroshenko, ex-president, returns to Ukraine, shakes up politics

    KYIV, Ukraine — Former Ukrainian president and leading opposition figure Petro O. Poroshenko returned to Kyiv on Monday, where he faced arrest on treason charges, adding internal political unrest to the growing threat of a Russian invasion.

    Mr. Poroshenko ruled Ukraine from 2014 to 2019, when he was soundly beaten by his rival, Volodymyr Zelensky, the current president. Poroshenko’s return intensifies their long-running feud and draws attention to Ukraine’s turbulent domestic politics, which analysts and critics say is a perilous distraction as the Kremlin masses troops on its border .

    Since Mr. Zelensky took power, his government has questioned Mr. Poroshenko as a witness in a series of criminal cases he claims are politically motivated. On Monday, he said he was under investigation in more than 120 separate cases. Over the past month, the police have also searched the apartments of members of his political party.

    The charges of treason and support for terrorism stem from his policy as president of allowing the purchase of coal from mines in areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, for a use in factories located in government-controlled territory.

    He said it was a necessary compromise to avoid economic collapse and denied having personally benefited from any of the deals.

    Mr Poroshenko left Ukraine last month saying he had meetings elsewhere in Europe. Prosecutors say he left to avoid a court hearing. But he later announced he would return to Ukraine to face charges and arrived early Monday at Zhuliani Airport in Kyiv.

    His hearing lasted all day and late into the night without it being decided whether he would be arrested, and the court finally said a decision would be made on Wednesday.

    Mr. Zelensky, a former comedian, won a landslide victory over Mr. Poroshenko two years ago, portraying himself as a political outsider who would fight corruption and uproot the entrenched interests of Ukraine’s political class.

    But Mr Zelensky’s popularity has since plummeted. Opinion polls today show only a slight advantage in a potential future election against Mr Poroshenko, who is now an MP in the European Solidarity party.

    Mr Poroshenko retains a base of support in Ukrainian nationalist politics, particularly in western parts of the country, which want closer ties with Europe. He clashed with Mr Zelensky over the future of Ukraine and criticized him for what he claims is giving ground in peace talks with Russia to resolve the war in eastern Ukraine.

    His appearance in the capital where he once ruled comes after a week of mostly futile negotiations between Russia and the West seeking a solution to tense disagreements over Eastern European security, which raised fears again that Russian President Vladimir V. Putin may soon order a military offensive.

    In an interview before his return to Ukraine, Mr Poroshenko said his arrest could help Mr Zelensky ward off a rival but that political instability would play into Mr Putin’s favour.

    “He wants to undermine stability in Ukraine,” Poroshenko said of Mr Putin. “He analyzes two versions: one version is military aggression across the Ukrainian-Russian or Ukrainian-Belarusian border. The second is simply to undermine the stability inside Ukraine, and in this way prevent Ukraine from our future membership in NATO and the EU”

    In Kyiv, opinions differed on whether the threat of arrest was just another maneuver in Ukraine’s typically Byzantine politics, or something more ominous related to the Russian threat. Polls have consistently shown Mr. Zelensky and Mr. Poroshenko to be Ukraine’s most popular politicians.

    Some analysts have suggested that Mr Zelensky could take advantage of the distraction of Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border to ward off an opponent, or that he hoped to quell possible opposition protests if he was forced to make unpopular concessions in Moscow to avoid an invasion.

    “Maybe he thinks that with forces on the border, Ukrainians won’t protest” against the opposition leader’s arrest, said Volodymyr Yermolenko, editor-in-chief of Ukraine World, a newspaper covering politics. If so, he said, it’s a risky move.

    “With the situation on the border, when everyone is shouting, ‘There will be a war,’ it’s very strange,” Yermolenko said of the spectacle of Ukraine’s two leading politicians bickering despite the existential threat that weighs on their country. “It just seems ridiculous.”

    Aides to Mr. Zelensky said the charges against Mr. Poroshenko were justified and that the courts had already issued arrest warrants for other defendants in the same case, including a prominent pro-Russian politician in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk. They said the courts, not the government, decided the timing of a possible arrest and other actions, including the freezing of Mr Poroshenko’s assets earlier this month.

    Mr Poroshenko offered no evidence of a Russian hand in the political unrest and described internal Ukrainian wrangling as the most likely cause of the legal pressures he has faced. But he added that Mr Zelensky could hope to win concessions from Russia by arresting a politician aligned with the nationalist wing of Ukrainian politics.

    “I am absolutely convinced that this is a very important gift for Putin,” Poroshenko said. “Maybe with this gift he wanted to start a negotiation with Putin, as a precondition.”

    After massing tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border throughout the fall, Russia last month demanded that the United States and NATO withdraw their forces from Eastern European countries and ensure that Ukraine does not join the Western alliance.

    Diplomatic talks last week with Russia ended without result, and Russian officials now say they are awaiting a written response to their requests from the United States.

    As a contingency, should Western diplomacy fail, Ukraine has also quietly continued talks with Russia and offered a bilateral meeting between Mr. Zelensky and Mr. Putin. On Friday, Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak suggested a three-way video conference with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders and President Biden.

    The feud between the current and former president is seen as mostly personal rather than ideological. Mr. Zelensky, former officials said, was stung by Mr. Poroshenko’s attacks during the 2019 presidential campaign. Mr. Poroshenko’s government in 2017 also banned the airing of one of the TV shows Mr. Zelensky’s most popular comedies, as one of the actors was accused of supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which would be a violation of Ukrainian law.

    The feud between the two men continued throughout the fall and winter, even as Russian forces massed on the border.

    “The Russian threat didn’t stop them,” said Orysia Lutsevych, Ukraine program manager at Chatham House in London.

    One of the motivations for the arrest, she said, could be Mr Zelensky’s plan to seek a second term in 2024 after removing the country’s wealthy businessmen, known as the name of oligarchs. Mr. Poroshenko is the owner of a chocolate and confectionery business.

    But the US government has warned of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine within weeks or months. It’s a point made by Britain’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, who highlighted the inopportune timing of the row in a statement on Monday.

    “All Ukrainian political leaders must unite against Russian aggression now,” she wrote. “So important right now to not lose sight of that.”

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    Asian stocks mixed after China reports slower growth

    A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong stock index in Hong Kong, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Monday after China announced its economy had increased at an annual rate of 8.1%.  in 2021, although growth slowed to half that level in the last quarter.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank’s electronic board showing the Hong Kong stock index in Hong Kong, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Monday after China announced its economy had increased at an annual rate of 8.1%. in 2021, although growth slowed to half that level in the last quarter. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)


    Stocks were mixed in Asia on Monday after China reported its economy grew at an annual rate of 8.1% in 2021, although growth slowed to half that level in the last quarter.

    Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney rose, while Hong Kong and Seoul fell.

    The weakness of the Chinese economy towards the end of 2021 prompts suggestions that Beijing should step in to support growth with interest rate cuts or by injecting money into the economy through spending on public works. .

    Shortly before the release of growth data, China’s central bank announced a cut in average lending rates to commercial banks to the lowest level since 2020.

    “Economic momentum remains weak amid repeated virus outbreaks and a struggling property sector,” Capital Economics’ Julian Evans-Pritchard said in a commentary. He expects Chinese policymakers to maintain relatively tight limits on loans and control credit growth.

    “The bottom line is that policy easing is likely to cushion the economic downturn rather than cause a rebound,” he said.

    Slowing activity in China, the region’s largest economy, may dampen growth across the region. Lockdowns and other precautions imposed to combat coronavirus outbreaks can also exacerbate shortages of key parts and components, adding to shipping and supply chain challenges.

    The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6% to 3,542.74, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.7% to 24,2207.75.

    South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.1% to 2,890.10 after North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea early Monday in its fourth weapons launch this month, the report said. South Korean military, with the apparent aim of demonstrating its military might amid paused diplomacy with the United States. and the closing of borders in the event of a pandemic.

    In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% to 28,333.52 as the government announced machinery orders rose in November as private investment and manufacturing activity improved during a lull in coronavirus outbreaks. coronavirus. Orders from shipbuilders jumped 170%.

    Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.3% to 7,417.30.

    On Friday, the S&P 500 gained 0.1%, closing at 4,662.85. It surged in the closing minutes of trading after falling around 1% earlier in the day. The tech-heavy Nasdaq posted a 0.6% gain, closing at 14,893.75. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.6% to 35,911.81.

    Small company stocks also rebounded from an early plunge. The Russell 2000 Index rose 0.1% to 2,162.46.

    A rally in tech stocks, along with gains in energy and other sectors, helped offset declines in banks and elsewhere in the market at a time when investors were mostly focused on a mix of reports on corporate profits and discouraging retail sales data.

    The mixed end capped a choppy week of trading on Wall Street that deepened the market’s slide in January. The benchmark S&P 500, which climbed 26.9% in 2021, is now about 2.8% below the all-time high it hit on Jan. 3.

    The Commerce Department reported Friday that retail sales fell 1.9% in December after Americans cut spending in the face of product shortages, rising prices and the appearance of the omicron variant.

    It was the latest in a series of economic reports this week that raised concerns about inflation and its impact on businesses and consumer spending.

    Rising prices have prompted companies to pass on more costs to consumers. Consumers cut spending in department stores, restaurants and online due to rising prices and supply shortages.

    Concerns about persistently rising inflation are also prompting the Federal Reserve to scale back bond purchases and consider raising interest rates sooner and more often than Wall Street expected less than a decade ago. ‘a year.

    The 10-year Treasury yield remained stable at 1.79%.

    The price of U.S. crude oil rose 46 cents to $84.28 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, it rose 2.1%, helping to lift energy stocks.

    Brent crude added 26 cents to $86.32 a barrel.

    The US dollar fell from 114.18 yen to 114.49 Japanese yen. The euro remained unchanged at $1.1417.


    AP Business Writer Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed.

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    Why We Fall In Love With Romance Novels Again | Claire Armitstead

    IBack when I took young children on vacation, I made it a point to read at least one of the novels on the shelves. Some of them were terrible: sagas of frightened clogs and shawls, sassy fantasies of doctors and nurses and oh so many dog-eared Dan Browns. But that’s how I got to know Danielle Steel, Marian Keyes and Julia Quinn, to name just three. And guess what? They’re still around, squeezing the top of the sales charts and helping to drive a 20% increase in fiction sales in the pandemic year.

    The biggest increase by far concerns “fiction and romantic sagas”, whose sales jumped 49% to nearly 6 million. Even though that’s only a third of the number of “crime, thriller and adventure” novels devoured during the year, that’s a lot of beating hearts. And, given that in literary and non-commercial terms, “romance and sagas” is another way of saying women’s fiction, while crime, thriller and adventure are three genres with a universal vocation, rather than finding their readership among half the population, these figures seem all the more astonishing. So what’s up?

    The sales blurb for Marian Keyes’ latest succinctly points to an answer: “Tired of being an adult?” Get away from it all…” However, the Irish author has long been promoted out of the genre fiction ghetto and treated as a national treasure, and her novels have never been mere exercises in escape. The best known of these, Rachel’s Holiday, threw a serious drug addiction on the way to her happy ending. I discovered it in Corfu in the year 2000 and I secretly enjoyed it more than the novel I had taken with me – La vie de Pi by Yann Martel, which was to win the Booker. I’ll definitely be reading the Keyes sequel, which is due out next month.

    On the other hand, I had completely forgotten about American romance novelist Julia Quinn until the series based on her books, Bridgerton, appeared on television. But yes, I was smitten by the dazzling Regency tailoring of The Duke and I – the first in the series – during a wet off-season break in the early 2000s when one or the other of between us kept going to bed. The oblivion of romantic fiction is part of the problem: it’s like an unconditional holiday romance, or the fleeting treat of a fish and chips wrapped in newspaper on the pier with the sunlight at your back. And sometimes that’s just what every reader needs.

    Interestingly, the only two fiction categories that lost value to publishers over the year were ‘short stories and anthologies’ and ‘horror and ghost stories’. It may be that the previous year’s sales were bolstered by a handful of top sellers, but my unscientific view is that the top ones look too much like hard work, when – frankly, in all years – who need more horror?

    However, we need books to read in bed. Although I’ve never been a fan of Mills & Boon (a publisher that’s become a genre in its own right), I can see the appeal of its whimsical antics of bounty hunters and fugitive billionaires when lockdown has pushed you back. under your duvet and your fantasies are limited by living in a household of other bored and depressed people. Mills & Boon effectively divides its romance into six categories: modern, medical, historical, hero, true love, and desire. And even before the pandemic, a Mills & Boon novel was selling every 10 seconds somewhere in the world.

    Undoubtedly, more prosaic issues have also contributed to this boom, including the fact that bestsellers are sold in supermarkets, which have remained open, while everything else has been forced to close. With fewer things to distract them and fewer ways to spend their money, UK shoppers may have turned to what was literally on the shelf in front of them.

    But there is a serious point here about the place of books in popular culture. A wise colleague of mine once said that if the book were invented today, it would be hailed as a technological genius. It’s cheap, fits in a bag, doesn’t run out of battery, and can easily be passed from hand to hand. It is also surprisingly indestructible. Fun fact: up to 2 million individual medieval manuscripts still exist – although I’m not sure if the mass-produced airport novel would last that long. Time will tell us.

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    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn’t


    Comics creator and film designer Chris Weston watched The Book Of Boba Fett on Disney+ in horror. But a horror for himself. Last week he tweeted, and you could hear the shouting, “Zips? I was told this was a strictly no-go zone when I was working on ‘The Last Jedi.’ This upsets me.”

    Screenshot of Boba Fett’s book
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Screenshot of Boba Fett’s book

    Looks like zips are now part of the Star Wars designers’ creative menu, after being explicitly forgotten about? Or is it just a bug? And given that The Last Jedi takes place after The Book Of Boba Fett, what happened to ban zippers across the galaxy? And could there be a dedicated Marvel Comics miniseries to explain? Lots of Zip Tie Fighters?

    Here it is Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi credit for Chris Weston, alongside fellow comic artist Athlete, who both worked on the film, as costume concept artists.

    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't

    And some of his work on the film, printed in The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi books, but as he also points out, that’s the smallest percentage of the work he did for the film.

    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Chris Weston
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Chris Weston
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Chris Weston
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Chris Weston
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Chris Weston
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Chris Weston
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Chris Weston Annoyed Boba Fett Can Use Zippers While The Last Jedi Couldn't
    Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Chris Weston’s career began when he was apprenticed for a year to work with don laurent, before working for 2000AD. He is best known for drawing comics Judge Dredd, The Twelve, The Dirt, The Invisibles, Fantastic Four: First Family, Time Breakers, For A Rat’s Feet, Dan Dare, The Ministry of Space and Batman, and work on movies, TV shows and games like Akira, The Continental, The Lost City of Z, The Book of Chosen, The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3 and The Last Jedi.

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    John Bowman, comedian gifted for crossing, dies at 64

    John Frederick Bowman was born on September 28, 1957 in Milwaukee. Her father, William, was a lawyer and her mother, Loretta (Murphy) Bowman, was a homemaker.

    During his undergraduate studies at Harvard, Mr. Bowman was editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1985 and became an executive at Purchase, NY-based PepsiCo before deciding what he really wanted to do was work in comedy.

    At the time, his wife was writing for “Saturday Night Live”.

    “I told Jim my husband was not happy with PepsiCo and wanted to do it,” Ms Gaughan Bowman said, referring to longtime “SNL” editor Jim Downey.

    It was a big leap from a corporate job at the “SNL” writers room, but Mr. Downey, a former chairman of The Lampoon, had operated the magazine for writers and knew Mr. Bowman from his writings and by mutual friends. . He asked Mr. Bowman to submit sketches; he was hired a year later.

    “He had the best dry sense of humor of almost anyone I’ve ever worked with,” Mr Downey said by telephone. During his only season with the series, Mr. Bowman shared a 1989 Emmy Award with the rest of the writing staff.

    He was then the showrunner in the mid-1990s for “Murphy Brown”, with Candice Bergen.

    Besides his wife, Mr. Bowman is survived by his daughter, Courtney Bowman Brady; his sons, Nicholas, Alec, Jesse and John Jr.; one sister, Susan Bowman; and two brothers, William and James.

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    Sen. Rosapepe: Registered apprenticeships can fix Maryland’s broken job market

    Photo by Kindel Media.

    By Senator James C. Rosapepe

    The writer, a Democrat, represents District 21 of Prince George and Anne Arundel Counties in the Maryland Senate. He is Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and a leading advocate for increased state investment in workforce development.

    You don’t have to see all the “hire now” signs to know our labor market is broken. It was broken before the COVID crisis, and it’s worse now.

    There are several major issues:

    • The shortage of labor market intermediaries (i.e. union recruiting offices, registered apprenticeships, industry-wide training institutions and local labor exchanges) that enable job seekers to more easily obtain the training they need to meet the needs of employers.
    • Civilian employers’ lack of access to high school students (which colleges have through SAT tests and the military has through its recruit test) to seamlessly inform and prepare young people for good jobs.
    • Gross public sector underinvestment in training the two-thirds of high school graduates who do not graduate from college by their mid-twenties. (Maryland spends more than $2 billion a year in state and local funds for the one-third minority who earn degrees; we spend less than $100 million for the two-thirds majority.)

    Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s, Anne Arundel) Maryland photo manual.

    There are proven alternatives in Europe, the UK, Australia and Canada – registered apprenticeships in occupations such as healthcare, IT, business services, construction, utilities, manufacturing and more again.

    In recent years, Maryland has expanded apprenticeship programs and, in the Kirwan School Reform Act Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, has set strong goals and funding to integrate vocational education and technique in high school, or CTE, to apprenticeships. It’s time to scale up.

    1. Increase the number of registered apprenticeship places to 80,000 by 2030 (or sooner).

    To meet world-class standards, Maryland must increase the number of apprentices each year from less than 12,000 today to at least 80,000 (equivalent to rates in the UK and Australia and the goal of the Kirwan law).

    Here’s how:

    Set numerical goals and timelines by sector – IT, healthcare, construction, etc. Virtually all professions are apprenticeable.

    Invest in performance-based incentives for public and private learning intermediaries (“learning sponsors”) to step up and manage more learning.

    Provide ongoing public funding for post-secondary classroom education in apprenticeships at public colleges and non-public training providers (unions, employers, and nonprofit organizations). If Maryland invested on the same scale as the UK has for more than a decade, the cost would be less than 20% of what we spend today on the one-third minority of young people graduating from college at the age of 25.

    Modernize the apprenticeship approval process. Allow sponsors to use skill standards already approved by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and require the Maryland Department of Labor to promptly record apprenticeships.

    2. Implement the Kirwan High School Learning Plan with fidelity.

    Kirwan Law has ambitious plans to expand the secondary level of recorded learning with CTE as related (in-class) instruction. Execution of this plan is critical to ensuring that, by 2031, the state meets the law’s goal of at least 45% of high school graduates completing the high school level of an apprenticeship. The funding is already there. The challenge is to modernize high school CTE programs and expand apprenticeships (see #1 above).

    3. Integrate diploma training into learning.

    There is no inherent conflict between traditional degree training and apprenticeship.

    A few professions require degrees rather than skills (for example, teaching, nursing, and accounting). But this should not prevent the integration of diploma training into apprenticeship.

    In degree-based apprenticeships, apprentices earn college credit for their off-the-job and on-the-job training. In the UK there are over 13,000 graduate apprentices in fields ranging from IT and law to healthcare and engineering.

    4. End discrimination based on age and degree.

    Excessive qualification and minimum age requirements deprive many skilled workers of opportunities and create skills shortages for employers.

    We don’t want child labor, but the law sets 16, not 18, as the minimum age for most jobs. Banning age discrimination from the age of 16 could help workers and employers – and is key to achieving the goals of the Kirwan Act for high school apprenticeships.

    Finally, few occupations require a high school or college diploma. Ending the degree of discrimination, which some employers already practice on their own, would dramatically improve the efficiency and capacity of the labor market – at no cost to taxpayers.

    5. Create world-class career counseling and job matching centers in every community.

    The Kirwan law already provides funds for comprehensive career counseling for students, and the Maryland law provides employers and apprentices with easy access to student scores from the U.S. Department of Defense Aptitude Test, as well as information on unemployed adults through local labor boards. In 2021, the Legislature allocated $75 million in American Rescue Act funds to local councils to ramp up apprenticeships and job matching.

    The next step is to use the Kirwan Act and workforce funding to make local placement agencies the universal full-service guidance and placement centers they are in Central Europe.

    Together, these measures can make our labor market work well for everyone. We have the resources. It’s time to execute the vision.

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    Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard tops independent booksellers’ non-fiction bestseller list for the week ending January 9

    Here are lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold by independent booksellers in Alberta during the week ending Sunday, January 9, 2022.

    The lists are compiled by the Alberta Book Publishers Association, and include sales to Audrey’s Books and glass library in Edmonton.

    I was slightly disappointed not to see Nora Loreto’s Spin Doctors, how the media and politicians misdiagnosed the COVID-19 pandemic on this list this week, since I had noticed earlier in the day that it was on a national list of best-selling nonfiction books from independent bookstores. I know Ms. Loreto through the Canadian Association of Labor Media and hold her journalism in very high esteem. It is to be hoped that Alberta readers will now take up the challenge and propel his work, which describes how uncritical politicians and media shaped popular understanding of COVID-19 and helped justify maintaining a status quo that created the worst havoc of the crisis, to be read more widely in Alberta.

    One of the luxuries of blogging is being able to make my own recommendations if I feel like it. It’s one of them. Spin Doctors is published by Fernwood Publishing.


    1. Five Little Indians – Michelle Good (Perennial Harper)
    2. The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman (Viking)
    3. The Maid – Nita Prose (Viking)
    4. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig (HarperCollins)
    5. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover (Atria Books)
    6. The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (Ecco)
    7. Dune – Frank Herbert (Ace Books)
    8. Still Life – Sarah Winman (Viking)
    9. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (GP Putnam’s Sons)
    10. The Lincoln Highway – Amor Towles (Viking)


    1. In Search of the Mother Tree – Suzanne Simard (Knopf)
    2. Atlas of the Heart – Brené Brown (Random House)
    3. All we can save – ed. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson (One World)
    4. Destination Art – Amy Dempsey (Thames and Hudson)
    5. Wetlands – Edward Struzik (Island Press) *
    6. Sweetgrass Braiding – Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Publishing)
    7. Dawn of Everything – David Graeber and David Wengrow (McClelland & Stewart)
    8. The life of our grandmothers – ed. Freda Ahenakew and HC Wolfart (University of Regina Press)
    9. People change – Vivek Shraya (Penguin Canada) *
    10. Talking to Canadians – Rick Mercer (Doubleday Canada)

    * Alberta author + Alberta Publisher

    The independent bookstores contributing to this weekly list are:

    Audrey’s Books, Edmonton
    Coffee Books, Canmore
    Attracted by books, Edmonton
    glass library, Edmonton
    Monkeyshines Books, Calgary
    Owl’s Nest Books, Calgary
    Pages on Kensington, Calgary
    Shelf Life Books, Calgary
    The next page, Calgary
    Three Hills Books, Three Hills

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    Why The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Is Being Sued For Prime Video’s Invincible

    In 2021, Amazon Prime Video launched the superhero anime series Invincible. The series received acclaim from viewers and critics alike while becoming a smash hit for the streamer. Now, Invincible and The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman has found himself at the center of a lawsuit over rights and source material.

    In a lawsuit (via THR), comic book colorist William Crabtree alleged that the Walking Dead the impresario sued him to give up his involvement in the popular comic book series. Crabtree claimed that he and Kirkman were the co-creators of the historical comic as he was the colorist for the first 50 issues. The lawsuit alleges that by agreeing to this arrangement, Crabtree lost the opportunity to generate income related to Invincible. Official trial documents allege:

    Kirkman falsely told Crabtree that Crabtree’s rights and financial interests in the Work would remain unaffected if he signed the Author’s Certificate and that the document would simply make it easier for Kirkman to market the license to the Work, which which would result in greater benefits for both.

    The lawsuit also made allegations about Robert Kirkman’s character, saying that “fraud and deception have become standard business practice for Kirkman” and “apparently where his true creative aptitude lies”.

    William Crabtree alleged that he and Kirkman entered into an oral agreement in 2005 that the artist would get 20% of the profits from sales of the comic book and 10% of any revenue generated from any film or television projects associated with the property. Crabtree claimed that he continued to receive payment from Robert Kirkman regarding their deal as Invincible went through two failed adaptations before taking off as an Amazon Studios series. He alleged that the Prime animated series was a turning point because Kirkman allegedly told Crabtree about his participation in the series.

    The lawsuit further alleges that he questioned Kirkman about collecting recurring royalties and claimed that the Walking Dead the creator called the payouts a “bonus”. Kirkman is accused of reducing Crabtree’s contributions to “work for hire” status. William Crabtree seeks to regain his status as co-creator and to collect the profits generated by the comic.

    This lawsuit marked the second time Robert Kirkman and attorney Devin McRae, who represents William Crabtree, have crossed paths over a comic book. In 2012, Kirkman was sued by artist Tony Moore for similar issues related to The Walking Dead. The two parties have settled their dispute for an undisclosed sum.

    After becoming a resounding success, Invincible was picked up for two more seasons with live-action movie possibilities. Of course, the series is one of multiple comedic adaptations by Kirkman, and the Walking Dead The TV universe isn’t going away even as the original series nears its end. As more developments stem from this lawsuit, follow CinemaBlend for the latest.

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    After comments about black teachers, Texas school counselor comes to the defense

    CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK/CNN) — A Texas school board administrator has defended comments he made where he linked black teachers to student dropout rates.

    “Because I dared to deny that this equated to high retention rates, my life was threatened, and my wife and children were targeted. I will take responsibility for not saying it more eloquently Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Board Trustee Scott Henry said.

    In his first public comments since Monday, Henry said his passion for students led him to make a false equivalence between black teachers and high dropout rates in the Houston Independent School District in response to an audit by fairness to which he opposes.

    Three days later, 34 people showed up at a board meeting to respond.

    “And despite the false statistics that have been shared, none of my students to date have dropped out due to their teacher being black. Instead, they have thrived and are changing the world one day at a time,’ said a teacher who identified herself as Ms Hudson.

    “I support Scott Henry and the goal of providing all children with the resources and curriculum they need to succeed. The audit is not intended to ensure that every child will receive the tools they need to improve their performance in reading, writing and arithmetic,” said Clark Benson.

    “Please focus on the students, as we are the school district’s number one priority. Thank you,” said student Brian Lamb.

    Most speakers said they supported the fairness audit that Henry opposed and continued to call for his resignation.

    None of the council members echoed those calls, although Gilbert Sarabia, Lucas Scanlon, Debbie Blackshear, Julie Hinaman and Tom Jackson all indicated some support for understanding the audit and implementing some changes in the district. .

    Jackson, the chairman of the board, apologized to the community while describing Henry’s comments as a mistake like tapping a toe.

    No action has been taken on the matter beyond comments from board members and the public.

    Copyright 2022 KTRK via CNN Newsource. All rights reserved.

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    Ag-Celerator fund invests $200,000 in two agricultural start-ups

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Insignum AgTech and Verility Inc., two companies founded by Purdue University alumni, each received $100,000 from the Purdue Ag-Celerator, an agricultural innovation fund.

    Insignum AgTech creates plants that warn growers of infection at an early stage so crops can be protected. Founder and CEO Kyle Mohler said plants turn purple before a pathogen can be identified, providing growers with information to fight the disease.

    “Ag-Celerator’s investment is a wonderful validation of our progress over the past few years and confidence in our trajectory,” Mohler said. “We at Insignum are excited to have Purdue Foundry join our seed round, which will propel our product development in corn and allow us to begin developing technology for other crops.

    Verility Inc. is a global animal health platform providing fertility testing products. Co-founder and CEO Liane Hart said the products enable breeders and livestock producers to accelerate reproductive performance through accurate, simple and cost-effective analysis by predicting the ovulation phase and assessing sperm quality at point of service.

    “Ag-Celerator’s $100,000 will allow us to finalize our ovulation proof-of-concept studies planned throughout the first half of 2022,” Hart said. “It’s an honor to be selected for this award, not only as CEO of Verility, but also as a Purdue alumnus. We appreciate the recognition by the esteemed jury of the significant and successful results we have achieved throughout our startup journey. This opportunity definitely allows us to move forward faster, creating more value for our business.”

    Ag-Celerator, established in 2015, is a $2 million innovation fund designed to provide essential seed-stage support to Purdue innovators who bring Purdue’s patented intellectual property or “know-how” technologies to market. from Purdue.

    The fund is managed by the Purdue Foundry, with assistance from the Purdue College of Agriculture, the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology and Commercialization, and the agricultural industry.

    “The College of Agriculture is dedicated to creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Bernie Engel, senior associate dean for research and Higher Education. “Applicating to Ag-Celerator provides a tremendous opportunity as well as inspiration for these groups, and the awarding of these generous grants brings award winners that much closer to achieving the impact envisioned.”

    Riley Gibb, director of business development at Purdue Foundry, said, “There are many high-quality entrepreneurs bringing Purdue-related startups to market. These companies, including recipients of Ag-Celerator investments, are already making an impact in plant and animal science.”

    In August, Ag-Celerator eligibility was opened to startups in all fields of agriculture. Previous recipients of Ag-Celerator investments include AkanoCure Pharmaceuticals Inc., Heliponix, JUA Technologies International LLC, Karyosoft LLC, Krishi LLC, LeafSpec AgTech, Ongenia LLC, Phicrobe LLC, Progeny Drone Inc., Rogo Ag LLC, VinSense LLC and ZeaVaxx.

    About the Purdue Foundry

    Writer: Steve Martin, [email protected]

    Sources: Bernie Engel, [email protected]

    Riley Gibb, [email protected]

    Liane Hart, [email protected]

    Kyle Mohler, [email protected]

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    Prince George’s photo was a ‘wake-up call’ for the Sussexes

    A sweet photo of Prince George released in 2020 would have been a major ‘red flag’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle about their position in the Royal Family.

    • Just weeks before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping down as senior royals, a new photo of those highest in the line of succession has been released.
    • Prince George was featured in this sweet snap and it is now claimed he showed the Sussexes that they would not be the ‘superstars’ of the royal family.
    • This royal news comes as the reason the Queen is unlikely to attend her close friend’s funeral is revealed.

    Every time a new photo of Prince George is shared, fans are thrilled to see a new glimpse of the future king, from his highly anticipated birthday portrait to his appearance in the Cambridge family 2021 Christmas card. eight years old, however, and Despite being one of the Queen’s great-grandchildren, Prince George is not often officially photographed. Although perhaps one of the most memorable recent examples came in January 2020, when a special new image was released.

    Alongside her were Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen, all showing the highest in the royal line of succession. The snap marked the start of a new decade and it wasn’t until weeks later that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as senior members of the Royal Family.

    Now it has been suggested that although the release of Prince George’s photo did not directly inspire their decision, it could have been a ‘wake-up call’ to their position in The Firm going forward.

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    As reported by The Mirror, royal commentator Neil Sean had taken to his YouTube channel to share his thoughts on how the photo showed “where the next phase is” of the monarchy.

    He reportedly said: “We have Prince Charles, Prince George and of course Her Majesty the Queen. And that was going to show, alongside William, where the next phase is. Well, of course, if you look at the photo, it all makes sense. Obviously, this is the next line-up.

    Neil also expressed his belief that the Sussexes had already thought about the kind of life they wanted together before the photo was published.

    “Harry and Meghan had decided more or less within the first few months of meeting that they could have a different life,” he claimed. “It wasn’t exactly laid out word for word, which is what we ended up with, but certainly for Prince Harry, he wanted to have a different role in his life.”

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

    (Image credit: Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage via Getty)

    He continued: “We had seen it before with him trying to branch out into the military, and of course, alongside Kate and William, he started these mental health charities.”

    The royal commentator also suggested that Prince George’s photo could have given the Sussexes the idea that they would not be the ‘superstars’ of the royal family in the future.

    He said: “I think it could have been kind of a wake-up call to realize that maybe he and Meghan would never really be the superstars of the British monarchy. That’s not to say they don’t win. not as much or more interest than other senior members of the British Monarchy, but sometimes that can be the wrong interest.

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, June 08, 2019

    (Image credit: Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

    It comes as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas as a family of four in the United States. It’s unclear when they could return and reunite with Prince George and the rest of the Royal Family, although fans are no doubt hoping the Sussexes will attend the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations later this year.

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    MLB items sold for millions at auction

    One of the keys to sports economic success is nostalgia. Sure, there are current stars who win the hearts of fans, but there’s always a reminder of a past that was happy or, for some, even better than the present. This is where classic objects, Souvenirs, increase their market value.

    It is sure, in 50 years, the peaks Cristiano Ronaldo wore during his real Madrid the game may cost millions; just like the boxing gloves that Canelo Alvarez used as a deadly weapon to destroy rivals, or the Dominican first baseman’s iconic cap Albert Pujol.

    In fact, talking about baseball, there have been classic pieces related to past superstars that have been sold at a very high price. Auctions are great fun places to witness the power of nostalgia because, as a fan, how much would you be willing to spend to own some of your MLB idols?

    The most expensive baseball memorabilia sold at auction

    Babe Ruth 1919 Commercial Contract. When Sultan of Swat move from boston red at New York Yankees, he would never have imagined that the paper he signed to formalize his transfer would be worth it. Actor Charlie Sheen sold this item at auction for $2.3 million. Sheen bought the contract, which is the copy of the Yankees in the 90s.

    Jackie Robinson’s 1947 jersey. Being the first African-American in MLB is a powerful reason to consider Robinson an all-time baseball icon. the Brooklyn Dodgers The jersey he wore in his rookie season in 1947 sold for $2.05 million at an auction in 2017.

    1927 Babe Ruth Championship Ring. Before this item was sold at auction, the record for the highest price sold for a championship ring was $460,000. However, just like The Bambino did on the field, his Yankees championship ring exceeded established limits with a sale price of $2.09 million, still in 2017.

    Lou Gherig 1937 Jersey. Another article from the New York Yankees. The iron horse wore this garment during one of his last elite seasons. A family received the jersey as a gift from George Weiss, a historic Yankees general manager, and sold it for $2.58 million.

    Marc McGwire 70th home run. The comic book creator Todd McFarlane paid $3 million for this item in 1999. It was auctioned off by the fan who caught the ball, Phil Ozersky. Unfortunately for the buyer, after McGwire agreed to use steroids to enhance his performance and his record by Barry Bonds in 2001, the price of the ball dropped to $300,000.

    Document “Laws of Baseball”. The very beginning of today’s MLB universe began with this play written by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams in 1857. Rules such as minimum ball weight and the length of the widest part of a bat baseball were first indicated there. Doc’s creation was sold for $3.26 million.

    Babe Ruth 1920 Jersey. Clothing worn by baseball’s greatest player is one of the auction’s top sellers. This one belonged to Ruth in her freshman year with the New York Yankees and was purchased in 2012 by an auction house, which paid $4.42 million.

    Babe Ruth “Yankees” road jersey. The best-selling baseball memorabilia item of all time. It was sold for $5.64 million, and it was carried by The big boom during the Murders Row era, a late ’20s era considered one of the best versions of the New York Yankees. What’s amazing about the jersey is that it’s the only time in team history that the word “Yankees” has appeared on the front.

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    With lessons learned from 2021, here’s what to expect for the year ahead – Marin Independent Journal

    The last two years have followed a plot reminiscent of Bill Murray’s film “Groundhog Day”.

    Every morning we wake up hoping we can move on, but as the drowsiness of our slumber wears off, we realize the pandemic is continuing, cable news and TikTok remain the most trusted sources of news. of America, and CVS is always throwing 3ft receipts to its “Esteemed Customers.

    Like Murray’s character, some of our commendable neighbors have taken advantage of this monotonous time to try something new or improve. Peloton workout machines sold in the millions as people focused on improving their fitness. Pet adoption skyrocketed as people added furry companions to their pods for social distancing, as required by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcohol sales soared as people rewarded themselves for training so hard and eased nagging worries that maybe they didn’t need that 50-pound ‘boxerdoodle’.

    As the New Year approaches, we can find strength in knowing that 2022 will not be a repeat of the past two years. Here are some of the changes not to miss in our near future.

    • We can flush the toilet again without guilt. Whoever invented the dry song “if it’s yellow, let it mellow” didn’t know the meaning of the word mellow or owned the patent for scented candles.

    • The cost of housing will drop. Of course, that’s only true if you’re part of the recently reported exodus from county and state for lower-cost and tax locations (or if you start charging your kids – or boxerdoodle – rent ).

    • Gavin Newsom will be running for governor. Of course, it looks like he just ran for governor. But political pundits agree that his 2021 encore performance was more of a tap dance than a race and, in any event, was actually an early fundraiser for his 2024 presidential bid.

    • The outdoor dining war will escalate. The tables on the sidewalks and in the streets of Marin have been a boon for restaurateurs. They are savored by the restaurant public. It must be recognized that this hosting is a valuable gift and a competitive advantage for these companies. This is clearly hurting other retailers due to reduced parking and crowded sidewalks. Hopefully this will be resolved not through the lenses of racial justice or climate change, but on how good their avocado toast is.

    • Public schools will be open for in-person learning. The educational losses from the pandemic shutdowns were simply too damaging to be repeated. Apparently our children need to be taught to be green, easily offended, secular savvy. What better place to learn this than a chemistry lab and a gym class? As a bonus, some children will also encounter reading, writing and arithmetic.

    • Kamala Harris will head for the border. The vice president’s efforts to address the immigration crisis have been as impactful as Taco Bell is authentic Mexican food. If Harris wants to position herself for a presidential “enchilada” race in 2024, she will focus on immigration solutions as narrowly as a tortilla on a burrito grande. It will first have to stabilize its staff, which has a higher turnover than most fast food restaurants.

    • Smash-and-grab crime will drop. Not here, of course, but someone somewhere will realize that allowing parked cars and retail stores to be piggy banks for scoundrels is bad public policy driven by “big glass.”

    • We will enjoy a full year of inflation. While the consumer price index was subdued for more than a decade until April 2021, we can expect a blistering 12-month inflation in 2022. If 1970s-style price increases are in classes, can leisure suits and pet stones be far behind?

    • We don’t have to worry about COVID-19 boosters anymore. We’ll call them annual flu shots instead. Better yet, if we call them tequila shots, maybe vaccination rates will go up.

    Each year brings its own surprises, challenges and delights. In that regard, 2022 will be no different after all. Good year.

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    Fed’s Powell: High Inflation Threatens Labor Market

    FILE - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. High inflation is wreaking havoc on American families, acknowledged Powell in remarks to be delivered at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, where he is sure to face some tough questions on the matter.  (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, file)

    FILE – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. High inflation is wreaking havoc on American families, acknowledged Powell in remarks to be delivered at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, where he is sure to face some tough questions on the matter. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, file)


    Warning that high inflation could make it more difficult to restore the job market, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday that the Fed would raise interest rates faster than it now forecasts if necessary to stem the surge in prices.

    With U.S. households pressed by rising costs for food, gasoline, rents, cars and many other items, the Fed is under pressure to curb inflation by raising rates to slow borrowing and debt. expenses. At the same time, the economy has recovered enough that the Fed’s ultra-low interest rate policies are no longer necessary.

    “If we need to raise interest rates further over time, we will,” Powell said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, which is considering his appointment for a second four-year term.

    The difficult challenge for Powell if he is confirmed for a new term, as scheduled, was underscored by questions he faced on Tuesday from Democratic and Republican senators. They urged him to raise rates to reduce inflation, but not to raise borrowing costs to the point that the economy fell into recession.

    Fed officials have forecast three hikes to their short-term benchmark rate this year, although some economists say they are planning up to four hikes in 2022.

    Powell’s appointment is expected to be approved by the committee in the coming weeks and then confirmed by the entire Senate with bipartisan support. At Tuesday’s hearing, he drew most favorable comments from senators on both sides. A Republican first elevated to the presidency by President Donald Trump, Powell has also been credited by many Democrats for sticking to ultra-low rate policies to support quick hiring over the past 18 months.

    In his testimony, Powell rejected suggestions by some Democratic senators that the rate hikes would weaken hiring and potentially leave many people, especially low-income people and black Americans, out of work. Fed rate hikes typically increase borrowing costs for many consumer and business loans and have the effect of slowing the economy.

    But Powell argued that the rise in inflation, if it persists, also poses a threat to the Fed’s goal of getting almost everyone back to work. Low-income families have been hit particularly hard by soaring inflation, which wiped out the wage increases many enjoyed.

    “High inflation is a serious threat to achieving maximum employment,” he said.

    The economy, the Fed chairman added, must grow for an extended period to get as many Americans back to work as possible. Controlling inflation before it takes root is necessary to keep the economy expanding, he said. If prices continue to rise, the Fed could be forced to brake much harder by raising interest rates sharply, threatening hiring and growth.

    Powell received praise from Democratic Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, chair of the committee, and from Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, the panel’s top Republican.

    “The president puts results before partisanship, by reappointing a Federal Reserve chairman from the other political party,” Brown said. “As president, along with President Biden, he has helped us achieve historic economic progress.”

    “There is broad bipartisan support for President Powell’s re-appointment,” Toomey added.

    Yet Toomey also criticized some of the Fed’s 12 regional banks for staging events dealing with climate change and “so-called racial justice,” which Toomey said went well beyond the Fed’s mandate. . He cited an event, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, in which he said attendees called for police funding.

    “The disturbing politicization of the Fed puts its independence and effectiveness at risk,” Toomey said.

    And Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, criticized Powell for the central bank’s initial characterization of the price spikes that began this spring as “transient.”

    “I’m worried if the Fed missed the boat to tackle inflation earlier, a lot of us are,” Shelby said. “As a result, the Fed under your leadership has lost a lot of credibility.”

    Inflation has hit its highest level in four decades, and on Wednesday the government is expected to announce that consumer prices have jumped 7.1% in the past 12 months, believed to be the largest since 1982.

    Powell said the Fed mistakenly expected supply chain bottlenecks driving up the prices of goods such as cars, appliances and furniture to not last as long as they did. did. Once off the hook, the prices of things like used cars, which have skyrocketed over the past year, would come back down, he said.

    But for now, these supply chain issues have persisted, and while there are signs of easing, Powell said progress was limited. He noted that many cargo ships remain moored outside the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest in the country, awaiting unloading.

    The number of people working or looking for work also remains well below pre-pandemic levels, Powell noted. Millions of Americans have taken early retirement or are avoiding their jobs for fear of the coronavirus. The Fed predicted that more of these people would return to the workforce than they did.

    The shrinking workforce has forced companies to offer much higher wages to attract and keep employees. Powell said that was not primarily the reason prices are high right now, but it “may be a problem for inflation in the future.”

    Economists and former Fed officials fear the Fed is lagging behind inflation. Last Friday’s jobs report for December, which showed a sharp drop in the unemployment rate to a healthy 3.9%, and an unexpected rise in wages, helped fuel those concerns. While lower unemployment and higher wages benefit workers, these trends can potentially fuel higher prices by encouraging more spending.

    At the Fed’s last meeting in December, Powell said the central bank was quickly ramping up efforts to tighten credit in a bid to bring inflation under control. The Fed will stop buying billions of dollars in bonds in March, ahead of its previously announced target of doing so in June. These bond purchases were meant to encourage more borrowing and spending by lowering long-term rates.

    And the expectation by Fed officials that they will hike short-term rates three times this year marks a radical departure from September, when they were divided over doing it only once.

    The flood of new omicron infections will not slow the Fed’s move towards more appropriate policies for the economy to return to normal, Powell said during the hearing, because so far it doesn’t seem not weigh on the economy.

    “It is really time for us to move from these pandemic emergency settings to a more normal level,” he added. “It’s a long way to normal from where we are.”

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    Everything fans can hope for in the new year

    It’s a whole new year and 2022 is shaping up to be a big year for Star Trek fans. Star Trek is in full swing on Paramount +, with five series and more in the works. There are several film projects in development and classic film re-releases on the horizon. The franchise is making a comeback in single-player video games and continues to release comics and novels even after closing the door to 20 years of Star Trek prose storytelling. In short, there is more Star Trek to get excited about in 2022 than there has been in decades.

    You may even have a hard time keeping track of all the goodnesses of Star Trek to come. We are here to help you. We’ve rounded up all of the most exciting Star Trek projects for release in 2022, whether it’s upcoming TV, updated movies, comics, books, or toys. Read on to see what to expect for Star Trek fans in the year ahead.

    What are you most expecting from Star Trek in 2022? What was your favorite Star Trek in 2021? Let us hear about it in the comments section. Each Star Trek series is available to stream on Paramount +.

    Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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    Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the next show to join the ranks of Parmaount + ‘s Star Trek streaming catalog. Star Trek: DiscoveryThe second season of Anson Mount featured Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Ethan Peck as Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as number one. They proved popular enough that fans would mount an online campaign to see them get a spin-off.

    The fans got their wish. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds takes place aboard the USS Business in the year immediately preceding the assumption of command of James T. Kirk. In addition to these characters, the series includes several new characters on its team and returning favorites played by new actors. The creators of Strange New Worlds said the series will have a more episodic pace than other modern Star Trek shows.

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    Star Trek: Mission Chicago

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    A whole new line of officially sanctioned Star Trek conventions will launch this year (with the will of COVID). Star Trek: Mission Chicago, operated by ReedPop, the same company behind New York Comic Con and Star Wars Celebration, promises to be the first Star Trek gathering of the year and the first of many to come.

    Star Trek: Mission Chicago will feature past and present Star Trek stars. The current guest list includes Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Prodigy), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker on Star Trek: Picard), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation), Anthony Rapp (Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery), Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Doug Jones (Saru on Star Trek: Discovery).

    ReedPop will add more guests as the event gets closer. You can find more information on the official website of the event.

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    The New Year will bring with it several new Star Wars books. The most important currently on the program is the next Pocket Books novel Star Trek: Picard. Other self – written by Una McCormack, who wrote the first Picard novel, The last best hope – focuses on Raffi Musiker, the former Starfleet intelligence officer who restored his reputation by Picardthe first season of.

    There is also some non-fiction to look forward to. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine the star Nana Visitor writes Star Trek: A Women’s Journey, chronicling the iconic female characters in Star Trek from Uhura to Burnham. Hero Collector and Titan Books will also have their usual offering of behind-the-scenes design books and collector’s editions.

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    Star Trek wouldn’t be a major franchise if it didn’t release its fair share of collectibles, and 2022 has plenty of them in store. The biggest story this year is that Playmates will be releasing new Star Trek figures. Anyone who was a Trekkie in the 1990s or watched the Netflix episode “Star Trek” The toys that made us knows that Playmates have held the Star Trek license for years. The company has made many figures based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. This new line would include new and old characters.

    But Playmates aren’t the only ones offering quality Star Trek collectibles. The recently launched Exo-6 company continues its line of premium Star Trek figures. Additionally, Hero Collector will continue to expand their Star Trek collectible ships in the new year. All of this means that 2022 will offer Star Trek collectors a lot to add to their shelves.

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    First Contact Day, Star Trek Day, and New to the Future

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    Having already listed most of the major releases in the media for Star Trek in 2022, there is always the unknown, the unexpected, and the future to consider. Over the past few years, Paramount + has turned Star Trek Day in September into a celebration where it reveals trailers and news about the current Star Trek streaming series. In 2021, he added the day of the first contact in April as the second day for these festivities. Paramount + has yet to officially announce plans for either of these events in 2022, but there’s little reason to believe they won’t happen.

    And what could they reveal or announce during these events? In addition to the usual trailer and casting announcements for the new seasons to come, we got to hear some news about projects still behind the scenes, like that of Michelle Yeoh. Article 31 series and rumor Starfleet Academy Pin up. We might even hear tidbits of the upcoming Star Trek movie, slated for release in 2023. There is plenty of Star Trek to get excited about in 2022 and beyond.


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    How Sean Cannell is Changing the Lives of Ambitious People with Think Media

    Over the years, YouTube has grown into a lucrative platform for content creators. Besides having a stable source of income, YouTube video influencers are also changing lives with valuable content. With millions of video creators on the platform, it is difficult for new talent to find a space on this competitive platform. Attracting a huge subscriber base is the key to starting a full-time career on YouTube, and this is where the biggest challenge lies. YouTube expert, entrepreneur and bestselling author Sean Cannel stepped in to help newbies succeed in their YouTube careers.

    Sean is the founder of “Think media», A YouTube channel with more than 1.8 million subscribers. He started his career ten years ago when YouTube was barely recognized as a platform where content creators could make money. Sean started out by making hundreds of videos for a small church which found a decent number of views. He took it as a positive response and a sign to become a full time YouTube video maker and drop out of college. In 2010, Sean received his first check in the amount of $ 2.20. This couldn’t deter him from pursuing his passion as Sean started working harder to improve the content and quality of his videos.

    Fast forward to 2020, Think Media was named to Forbes’ “20 Must-See YouTube Channels That Will Change Your Business” list. Apart from that, Sean has become one of the highest paying affiliate marketers on YouTube, making five figures of profits from Amazon in just one month. Under his passionate leadership, Think Media has grown into a comprehensive mentoring platform for beginners on YouTube looking for a way to monetize their passion while transforming millions of lives across the globe.

    Sean and his team of experts create videos to walk people through the basics of starting a successful YouTube channel from scratch. The videos cover multiple topics like camera techniques, cheapest cameras for YouTube creators, shooting a video on a smartphone, ways to gain an audience, and more. With these videos, Think Media makes money by reviewing the best Amazon products that can be a resource for any budding creator on YouTube.

    Sean wants to help 10,000 people through his channel become successful creators on YouTube. He enjoys seeing passionate people making a living doing what they love and helping the people around them. To take this initiative further, Sean has co-authored a book titled YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Building Your Audience and Making Money as a Video Influencer with Benji Travis, another famous YouTuber. The book is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. So far, over 80,000 copies have been sold, making Sean one of the best-selling authors on the platform.

    The book is a systematic guide to starting a career as a video influencer and techniques to grow it by accelerating your follower base. Sean believes the book will be a game-changer for existing creators and newbies to the platform.

    He wants to continue his journey with Think Media to help others follow in his footsteps. With that, Sean looks forward to seeing more people expand their channels to six and seven figure companies using YouTube as a platform.

    Members of the Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial and press team were not involved in the creation of this content.

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    Richard Clarida quits Fed early after new transaction questions

    Richard H. Clarida, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, announced Monday that he would resign from his post two weeks earlier than expected. Although he didn’t give a reason, he had come under scrutiny for transactions he made in 2020 as the central bank was on the verge of saving financial markets.

    “With my statutory term as governor expiring on January 31, 2022, I am writing to inform you that I intend to resign from the board of directors on January 14, 2022”, wrote Mr. Clarida in a letter to the president. . Biden that the Fed released on Monday.

    The New York Times reported last week that Mr Clarida corrected his financial information for 2020 at the end of December. Ethics experts said one of his updated transactions raised questions – he sold an equity fund on February 24 before buying it back on February 27, just before the Fed chairman announced. on February 28 that the central bank was ready to help the markets and the economy.

    His first statements had only noted the purchase of the equity fund, which the Fed had described in its name as a planned portfolio rebalancing. But the rapid move out and back of stocks called that explanation into question, some experts said, and the buyout could have put Mr. Clarida in a position to benefit as the Fed reassured markets.

    Neither the Fed nor Mr. Clarida provided a new explanation for the transactions, although the Fed’s ethics office noted in the updated record that they always appeared to be in compliance with conflict of interest laws.

    Mr Clarida’s updated disclosure garnered widespread media coverage and the attention of lawmakers. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called on the Fed on Monday to release more information on the transactions of senior Fed officials in light of the news.

    The amended disclosure and the rush of attention came at an inopportune time for Jerome H. Powell, the Fed chairman, who was reappointed to his post by Mr. Biden. He is due to appear Tuesday at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.

    Ms Warren sits on the banking committee, so Mr Powell is always pretty sure he is wondering why some Fed officials traded so actively as the markets turned and the Fed staged a huge bailout at the start of the pandemic.

    “The whole story of rebalancing, which just collapses over the fact that it sold and then bought,” said Simon Johnson, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “If you’re President Powell, you don’t want your reconfirmation hearing to focus on that. “

    Mr Powell and his colleagues have revamped the central bank’s ethical guidelines in recent months – issuing plans in October to revise them and prevent many types of financial activity, including trading in times of turmoil. He can point out that this shows how seriously the Fed has taken the issue.

    Mr Clarida’s resignation is the latest development in a months-long trade scandal that has involved senior officials and prompted high-profile departures at the Fed.

    Financial information released in late 2021 showed Robert S. Kaplan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, had made large transactions in individual stocks, while Eric S. Rosengren, the former president of the Boston Fed, had traded real estate securities. These measures prompted an immediate and intense reaction from lawmakers, ethics experts and former Fed employees.

    Fed officials actively rescued a wide range of markets in 2020. In March and April, they cut rates to zero, bought mortgage and government bonds en masse, and implemented debt bailouts. businesses and municipalities.

    The concern is that continuing to process the affected securities for their own portfolios throughout the year could have given managers the opportunity to benefit from their insider knowledge.

    Mr. Kaplan resigned in September, citing the scandal; Mr Rosengren resigned simultaneously, citing health concerns.

    Mr. Clarida’s term was to end at the end of this month because his seat as governor was expiring. Bloomberg News first reported on his purchase of equity funds – which was visible before he corrected the disclosure – in October.

    Although Mr Clarida did not address the trade issues in his resignation letter, he referred to them indirectly during a speech late last year.

    “I have always fulfilled honorably and with integrity of public service obligations,” he said. said in mid-October.

    the The Fed’s government watchdog investigating those responsible for transactions made in 2020 and Ms Warren has requested an investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC does not comment on whether such investigations are ongoing.

    Mr. Clarida has served as Vice President since 2018, and during that time he has been a close associate of Mr. Powell’s and a valued Second-in-Command. His speeches were closely watched by Wall Street for the political signals they often offered, and he was praised for his skills as a clear and careful communicator.

    He also led a campaign to revamp the Fed’s policy-making framework to make it more jobs-oriented and better suited to the challenges of the modern economic age, a hallmark of the Fed’s first term. Mr. Powell.

    “I will miss his wise advice and vital ideas,” said Mr. Powell in a statement announcing the early departure of Mr. Clarida.

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    Fertilizer price index plummets, at least for now • Farm Policy News


    Bloomberg writer Elizabeth Elkin reported on Friday that “The surge in fertilizer prices that ultimately helped drive up food inflation tumbled this week, but the reprieve can be short-lived.

    Green Markets’ North American fertilizer price index fell 12% on Friday, the highest since 2009.

    The prices of urea, a type of nitrogen fertilizer, have fluctuated sharply. They have risen and fallen by more than $ 100 a short ton every day this week as the market tried to gauge the outlook for spring demand and natural gas hit record highs in Europe, said Alexis Maxwell, analyst at Green Markets.

    “Fertilizer prices collapse the most since 2009 during the Red-Hot rally break,” by Elizabeth Elkin. Bloomberg News (January 7, 2022).

    The Bloomberg article added that “this week’s decline is not a sign that high fertilizer prices will continue to fall, Maxwell said in an email.

    “Large producers like the Middle East and Egypt are depleted urea until February and a lot of Europe remains closed – so those looking for tons will have to look far,’ she said. ‘China, the best option for aftermarket supply, remains out of the market due to an export ban that runs until May. ‘ “

    Meanwhile, a separate Bloomberg article published Friday by Jen Skerritt and Elizabeth Elkin said, “These are boom times in the fertilizer market, with record prices amid high demand. But the world’s biggest producer is in disarray after losing two CEOs in less than a year, and investors are still waiting for an explanation on the latest departure.

    The surprise departure this week of the CEO of Nutrien Ltd. Mayo Schmidt, just eight months after taking office, fueled concerns about corporate governance within the Canadian company.

    “Frequent changes of leadership in a business can sometimes be a sign of instability or mismanagement,” the Bloomberg article said.


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    Release date, cast, plot, and everything you need to know


    Spirits Chronicles is an isekai fictional television anime created by Riv and based on a Japanese light novel series written by Yuri Kitayama. Haruto Amakawa, a 20-year-old student who tragically died in a car accident, is the subject of the drama.

    Then, one day, he meets a young man living in a slum called Rio, and he feels that their thoughts have combined.

    Once the memories are mixed, Rio discovers that he possesses unimaginable talents. His desire to avenge the murder of his mother always pushes him to climb the social ladder, and he takes the opportunity to do so.

    The anime’s first reviews, which premiered on July 6, 2021, included a traditional isekai narrative and a stereotypical bossy protagonist.

    Despite this, the show’s ratings and viewership were high enough by the end of the season finale to spark anticipation that it would be relaunched for a second season.

    Seirei Gensouki season 2 release date

    The first season, which aired in the summer of 2021, consisted of 12 episodes. As of this writing, season 2 of Chronicles of the spirit Seirei Gensouki has not yet been released. Director Osamu Yamasaki has indicated that the second season will take “a little longer” to air.

    It will take a little longer for the program to return. The first season was announced in November 2020 and released in July 2021, according to previous release schedules. Season 2 will air in July or October 2022.

    Seirei Gensouki Season 1: Spirit Chronicles: Plot

    Rio saved Celia and went to Amanda this season. Rio seized the goods after learning of the heroic incantation. He wanted to find Lucius Orgueille, the man who had killed his mother, Karasuki Ayame. He then attempted to inform Celia’s father of his whereabouts. Rio tried to help Liselotte when they found themselves trapped in a difficult situation. The clash between nobles and princesses was shown in this season.

    Intrigue of Seirei Gensouki Season 2

    In the Season 1 finale, Rio interrupts Celia’s marriage by using the Spirit Arts to telepathically contact her. He can free her with the help of Aishia after finding out that she shares his wish to flee.

    Seirei Gensouki Season 2

    Three Japanese citizens are transferred to Rio de Janeiro and taken away when out of danger. Miharu, the protagonist’s childhood friend, is one of those saved by the hero.

    Season 2 will focus on the life of Haruto and Rio, as opposed to the first season, which was mostly about Rio. It is possible that the riddle of why some people are moved to the parallel universe while others are not will be solved in the future.

    It’s also unclear how the protagonist came to be so powerful, and it’s likely to be answered in the second season. Self-awareness, on the other hand, comes at a cost, and Rio will inevitably make new enemies in the process.

    Seirei Gensouki Season 2 Actors

    Haruto Amakawa and Rio focus on Spirit Chronicles Sseason 1 in Seirei Gensouki Season 2. Haruto was a young Japanese boy tragically killed in a car accident. Rio is now an orphan in his dream world following the tragic death of his mother.

    They are related because the two characters seem to be the same or have similar mindsets. Rio is presumed to be Haruto’s successor as soon as Haruto’s personality and memories are revealed to him.

    Seirei Gensouki Season 2

    In Season 2, we get to see more of the two characters as they search for answers. We can expect former Rio instructor Celia Claire and her contracted spirit Aishia to return in Season 2 as well.

    However, there is one figure in particular that many fans will be keen to see again. Rio meets Haruto’s childhood friend Miharu Ayase, who has also been summoned since today, as Season 1 draws to a close. Considering how important Miharu is to Haruto, we should expect to see a lot more of her over the coming season.

    Twitter reaction to Seirei Gensouki Season 2

    The official publisher’s Twitter account hailed the Seirei Gensouki Announcement of the Season 2 anime on December 17, 2021, noting that the light novel series has sold over 2 million copies. The series of books is so successful that the publisher has decided to republish it.

    Several comments have been posted on the official website to commemorate the development of the second season of the television anime.

    “I’m excited to think Rio and the others will once again be allowed to move and speak freely in the TV anime,” said original creator Yuri Kitayama. the viewers and readers who supported the work, as well as all the people involved in the production who colored and breathed so much life into the world of Seirei Kantouki, which was previously only text, ”he said. -he adds.

    “Finally, we have chosen to do the second season of Spirit Chronicles. All thanks to the unwavering support of our fans. The program will take a little longer to air, but the whole team will do their utmost to meet your expectations, ”wrote animation director Osamu Yamasaki.


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    Singapore Shelf: Vampires on the MRT in a new manga


    SINGAPORE – In this monthly column, The Sunday Times features seven ready-to-go home books that readers can delve into, with a particular focus on comics this month.

    1. Geungsi Vol. 1: Geungsi in the house

    By Sean Lam
    Comics / Paperback / 296 pages / $ 19.26 / Available here

    Stand aside, Twilight. Western vampire lore may be dominated by the scintillating leeches from Stephanie Meyer’s romantic saga (2005-2020), but for Singaporean comic artist Sean Lam, it is the jiangshi of Chinese folklore who reigns immortal.

    The reanimated corpse, which hops with outstretched arms and empties its victims of their life force, has become popular in Hong Kong comedy horror films such as Encounters Of The Spooky Kind (1980) and Mr. Vampire (1985), which Lam grew up watching.

    Previously based in Los Angeles, he returned to Singapore for a break in late 2019 and was stranded here by border closures linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. He decided to use the time to work on his first local graphic novel.

    “I have worked with various publishers and writers over the years, but I had never had the opportunity to make my own book until now,” says the 43-year-old, who is best known for his two-part manga adaptation of Larry Niven. Ringworld award-winning science fiction novel (1970).

    Lam, who aspired to be a comic book artist from an early age, moved from Singapore to Japan to intern with a small comic book publisher in his twenties. He was then sought out as an artist by Macmillan Publishing in the United States.

    During the pandemic, he wrote, illustrated and self-published the first volume of Geungsi (jiangshi in Cantonese), a horror manga series set in the heart of Singapore.

    Shaun, an ordinary employee, takes a sneaky photo of a beautiful woman wearing sunglasses on the MRT, only to find out that she is a geungsi. Infected by her, he is saved by Meng, a slayer, and the two become reluctant allies.

    Lam’s geungsi are an amalgamation of Western and Chinese vampire tropes – they drink blood instead of draining energy and are able to move around during the day.

    He plans to expand the series to other parts of Asia, with geungsi and killers clashing in Hong Kong, mainland China and more.

    If all goes well, he hopes to one day bring his Singaporean vampires to American comic book conventions like Comic-Con International in San Diego.

    “I hope to bring this Asian folklore to the West and present it to readers there,” he says.

    2. The DKD Once – & – Marvelous


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    With Vicky Donor, Piku and October, writer Juhi Chaturvedi demonstrated how many cities reside in a Delhi-Art-and-culture News, Firstpost


    “There is a Lajpat Nagar for each Khan market, a Daryaganj for each Vasant Kunj. But all of them know their “place”. They are judged, but are fully aware that they are also judging others. They don’t hesitate to show who they are, ”explains Juhi Chaturvedi.

    In the limited series #DilliDelhi, Devansh Sharma interviews screenwriters and filmmakers who have explored the city of Delhi, in all its eccentricities, subtleties and complexities, through their films.


    Juhi Chaturvedi has only been living in Delhi for three years, although his work suggests otherwise. She has explored three different sides of Delhi in three of the four films she has written for Shoojit Sircar so far. While Donor Vicky (2012) took place in the heart of a bustling refugee colony inhabited mainly by Punjabis, Piku [2015] briefly visited the Bengali-dominated area of ​​Chittaranjan Park, and October (2018) intermittently wandered through the verdant settlements of Hauz Khas, Vasant Kunj.

    Obviously, she knows Delhi inside and out. She claims she loves the city with all its ostentatious glory, winter lethargy, and political intransigence. These factors, along with the fact that Delhi was her first date with “freedom,” make her the organic choice for the home of her characters in all of her films. “I moved from my hometown Lucknow to Delhi for my first job. Delhi offered me the freedom that Lucknow does not have. The freedom, economic or otherwise, has allowed me to restart as a person. 1996, I joined Lintas. Regardless of gender, we regularly worked late. There were my colleagues – women – who were much more liberal in the way they dress or the language they used, without apologizing. The city did not judge them. But I came from a place that was much more conservative, expecting women to be shy and reserved with no rough edges. It took me a while to realize that when a city exudes such strong masculine energy, women, perhaps in their defense, have chosen rather aggressive behavior in public places. “

    She has lived in Mumbai for much longer – two decades – but has not made a film. (“I think I was in a different frame of mind when I first came here; I was married, there were other responsibilities,” Chaturvedi says). In Delhi, on the other hand, Chaturvedi says these lines are “thinner”.

    “The eternal war of supremacy between South Delhi and West Delhi is well known. As a foreigner, you can judge them too soon as second-hand clothes but if you care to understand their psychology, their ostentatious dress and their larger than life personality is only a way to erase dark memories. the hardships and the misery of the score. . When their businesses finally started to do well, the refugees made sure to let it be known. I would like to believe that applying lipstick even before brushing your teeth is only a small gesture to color this past! “ Chaturvedi said.

    Another trait of Delhi that intrigued Chaturvedi is the misunderstanding of the concept of personal space. She illustrates this with a little anecdote: “I was planning a little reunion for my birthday in Mumbai, but for some reason the plan was canceled. And as expected, no one showed up. If it had been Delhi, few of my friends there would definitely have been. landed. Because a canceled birthday party isn’t a reason to stop them from bringing you flowers and hugs, whatever. “

    Juhi chaturvedi

    She fondly remembers the indiscreet “neighbor aunts” who were as concerned about her as they could be about their own daughters. “When I came home from work at 7:00 p.m., my aunt would ask me:”Vaddi der hogi air?. ‘ But the moment I tell her, ‘Auntie, weight kum kiya hai kya aapne? In shape lag rahe ho!‘, the tone would change and she would say, “Andar aaja beti, chai pee le!” ““And if you ask them for space, they’ll be quick to reply with a ‘kedi space?’ “The idea of ​​personal space might not top the charts there, but it certainly makes the neighbors more vigilant,” says Chaturvedi.

    Memorable characters of Dolly and Beeji [Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill], Ayushmann Khurrana’s mother and grandmother respectively in Donor Vicky, were among the various cheeky and outspoken aunts Chaturvedi met in Lajpat Nagar. “These women never apologized for their thoughts and words, whether in the bazaar during the day or when they were drinking late at night behind closed doors.”Wo ladki moti toh hai by achhi hai, ‘they might say. And I would be like, “By achhi hai matlab? “ as if it amazes them that plump girls can be nice too, ”she said, laughing out loud.

    With Vicky Donor Piku and October writer Juhi Chaturvedi demonstrated how many cities reside in a Delhi

    Kamlesh Gill and Dolly Ahluwalia in Vicky Donor

    Chaturvedi recounts the endless nights she spent hearing (or rather, was forced to listen to) the haddippas and the burrs which accompanied the deafening music of the Punjabi. “Most of the men had their own businesses. They came home late, dinner was served late, and the children went to bed late, even though they had school at seven the next morning. I think this tendency to live on their own terms, and for the moment, also comes from the fact that they are refugees. They have already suffered a lot during the Partition, and left behind much of what belonged to them, ”she muses.

    Compare Delhi’s migrant community illustrated in Donor Vicky to that in Piku. Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan), 70, and his daughter Piku (Deepika Padukone), 30, lived in Chittaranjan Park, a few kilometers from Lajpat Nagar, but miles in terms of lifestyle. Like the Punjabis, the Bengalis were also verbose and argumentative, but they also boasted of an intellectual streak which they said set them apart from the Lajpat Nagars and Chandni Chowks. “For example, Piku is basically an embodiment of the Delhi girls I’ve seen. They are smart, competitive and confident. You can’t take them for a ride. They are more politically aware, clear-sighted and can chat with anyone. who, whether it’s a JNU intellectual or a Haryanavi cop. They have this certain Durga-ness about them, “Juhi said.

    With Vicky Donor Piku and October writer Juhi Chaturvedi demonstrated how many cities reside in a Delhi

    Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan in Piku

    Punjabis talkative in Donor Vicky to the talkative Bengalis of Piku, Chaturvedi’s filmography finally settles in the silences of Sircar’s autumnal tale October.

    “The script required a sense of poetry, a hint of melancholy in nature. Unlike Mumbai, where the weather is almost the same all year round, Delhi has multiple seasons. I wanted to show a time lapse in October to describe the exhausting time that Shiuli and Dan’s (Varun Dhawan) family are going through, in the hopes that they will recover from a coma. Also shiuli the flowers… the green expanses… they could only come to life in a city like Delhi, ”she says.

    That’s not to say that Juhi is unaware of how grim those empty green expanses can be after dark. “There are so many dark areas in Delhi. When you go through such an area in an auto rickshaw your body language changes. You become more aware because there is always a fear lurking somewhere,” she said. . Her grave mood changes as she moves on to a more amusing memory; she hesitates a few seconds before sharing in the middle of a few laughs: “You know, I called these men from Delhi Pinchu Kapoors. Their arms are even longer than kanoon ke haath! There’s nowhere they can’t reach! “

    Chaturvedi’s humorous perspective allowed him to portray “dark” issues like infertility, constipation, and death in brighter colors. Punjabis who won’t get bogged down in the past, Bengalis who make peace after heated arguments and a lost soul who only knows how to love – all of these characters are part of Chaturvedi. She is aware that, like the city to which she often returns through her stories, her profession cannot be confined either.


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    An update on each spin-off


    Although it started with To be able to, a series that chronicled the life of James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a drug lord seeking to become legitimate, the To be able to The universe has expanded exponentially. In the minds of creator Courtney A. Kemp and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the series spawned four different spinoffs.

    Here is a massive update on Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Strength and Power Book V: Influence.

    Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick in “Power” | Starz

    “Power Book II: Ghost” will continue its second season on January 9

    the Phantom The midseason premiere of Season 2 is finally underway after a two-week hiatus. As fans know, at the end of Episode 205, Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) was arrested for double murder. Now in the next episode, 206 titled “What’s Free?” »He will fight for his freedom.

    The official description of the episode reads: “Tariq reflects on where he is in his life and who he can trust. Brayden (Gianna Paolo) must decide whether to protect his family or help. saving Tariq’s. Monet faces a new world order within her own family.

    Now that Lorenzo (Berto Colon) is out of prison, Monet (Mary J. Blige) will be grappling with a new world order.

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    ‘Power Book IV: Force to debut on February 6

    On the same day, the season 2 finale of Ghost drops, the spin-off directed by Tommy-Egan (Joseph Sikora) Power Book IV: Strength is about to make its debut.

    “As Tommy leaves New York after losing Ghost, LaKeisha and the only city he has ever known, he makes a quick detour to heal an old wound that has haunted him for decades,” the official description reads. Starz. “What was meant to be a quick stop turns into a labyrinth of family secrets and lies that Tommy thought were long buried. One step leads to another and Tommy quickly finds himself in Chicago’s drug game, s ‘inserting between the two biggest crews in town.

    RELATED:‘Power’ showrunner addresses theories Ghost faked his death

    “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” Season 2 to Debut in 2022

    Power Book III: Raising Kanan completed its first season at the end of September 2021. However, filming for Season 2 was already underway at that time. As fans know at the end of Season 1, Kanan (Mekai Curtis) failed to kill his biological father, on orders from his mother Raq (Patina Miller). Additionally, her uncle, Lou Lou (Malcolm Mays) began to see his sister in a new light.

    When season 2 begins, we’ll guess that Kanan will find out about his mother’s betrayal. “It’s just the continuation of actions and consequences,” said 50 Cent Weekly entertainment. “There are going to be things going to happen which, again, you are going to see how it shapes and shapes Kanan and what it does to his psyche.”

    Fans are also hoping to finally be introduced to Kanan’s eventual business partner Breeze. “These characters could possibly appear in Raising Kanan“said 50 Cent Express. “We’re already traveling, that explains the monster you saw in me playing Kanan.” The trauma, everything he’s been through.

    Finally, new characters should appear. Destiny’s Child alum LeToya Luckett has been cast to play Jukebox’s mom. Sugar queen Actor Omar Dorsey will play Cartier “Duns” Fareed, a charismatic businessman who wants to expand his business to DC and Baltimore. Krystal Joy Brown will play Renée Timmons, Marvin’s anger management therapist. Finally, Paulina Singer will play Zisa, a superb singer from Lou Lou and Crown’s label (Quincy Brown).

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    Here is what we know about “Power Book V: Influence”

    Although Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) is a major character in the second season of Phantom, there is no word yet on when Power Book V: Influence will debut. We know that the fourth spin-off of the To be able to Universe is expected to chronicle Tate’s second term as governor of New York State. From what we understand, the seeds that are planted in the current season of Ghost will lead to the new series.

    In July 2021, Weekly entertainment revealed that Affecting was in pre-production. However, Power Universe creator Courtney Kemp and Starz executives have remained silent on any other detail. “Looking at Marvel, they’re not announcing a title, they’re announcing a phase – it’s about creating anticipation,” Kemp told EW.

    “Who knows if you’re going to see him show up somewhere,” Tate told The Jasmine Brand. “By the time I find out what’s going on, you’ll all know what’s going on. “


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    David Baddiel: The book that changed me? ways of seeing John Berger | Books


    My first memory of reading
    My mom was reading me Ladybird books in Dollis Hill, North West London in 1971. My reading started with comics, mostly Beano, Whizzer and Chips, and in our house, The Broons and Oor Wullie, not because we are Scottish, but because my mother collected children’s books and annuals from all over.

    My favorite book growing up
    Billy Bunter’s books. Again, this has to do with my mom being a collector, as they were written in the 1920s and 1930s, and therefore outdated, even in the 1970s, but she forced them on me. And from Dollis Hill’s perspective in 1973, the crumpet-toasting adventures at Greyfriars School were exciting. I became a fan and joined a Frank Richards appreciation company, The Old Boys’ Book Club, where I was 11 and everyone was 80. I guess if I came back to those books. now they would be a beehive of racism, classism and body fascism, so I won’t.

    The book that changed me as a teenager
    Ways of Seeing by John Berger, aged 18. It made me discover the idea that what we assume to be natural is often ideological. In the book, it’s mostly about art (especially the way the images of women in art are totally encoded with the male gaze), but I’ve inferred that almost everything we create, think, in fact, has an underlying unconscious ideological component.

    The writer who made me change my mind
    John Updike. Again, when I was 18, I read it without realizing that it was part of a sequence of books, Rabbit Is Rich. This converted me to the idea that, as Updike says, the work of art is to give the mundane its due – that if you’re a good enough writer, your prose can do anything, even the wrong things. most microscopic and most ordinary in life, rich and strange.

    The book I came back to
    I am reading, or rather listening, The Wings of the Dove by Henry James. I read quite a bit of James, especially when I was doing a PhD in Victorian Literature and Sexuality, but while I found him interesting, I also found him soulless and convoluted. Now it’s clear to me that James was inventing psychological modernity in the novel. And to do so, he’s prepared to refine sentence after sentence the intricacies of mood, thought, and expression. It is difficult but quite exciting.

    The book that I reread
    George Eliot’s Middlemarch. I read it in my twenties and thought: meh. Now, in my late fifties, I think – without originality – that this is indeed the greatest novel ever written in English. I can hear all of Eliot’s desire and pain and nuance about time, the tide, marriage, compromise and the pressure of social order. It contains passages of intense beauty, and also – in a way it has never quite succeeded elsewhere – the most satisfying and elegant structure of all the great books.

    The book I could never read again
    I guess I wouldn’t like the Whizzer and Chips Annual as much as I did back then.

    The book I’m currently reading
    I have Dave Eggers’ The Every in book form waiting for me. I liked The Circle very much, which I thought was ahead of what the internet does to us, so I can’t wait to read more, if my eyes allow me.

    My comfort reading
    I am writing a book on atheism and I commissioned a text from the Barcelona Dispute of 1263, which was a debate between a rabbi and a brother organized by King James of Aragon on who is right: Jews or Christians ? Only one way to find out: the Inquisition, at the end of the day. No doubt it will be nice to warm up in front of the fire.

    (The Boy Who Became) Accidentally Famous by David Baddiel is published by HarperCollins. To support The Guardian and Observer, order your copy at Delivery charges may apply.


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    Global food prices rise 28% in 2021 • Farm Policy News


    Bloomberg writer Megan Durisin reported Thursday that “Global food prices have fallen from nearly an all-time high at the end of last year, delivering a little respite to consumers and governments facing a wave of inflationary pressures.

    “Food costs drop by near record, providing respite from inflation,” by Megan Durisin. Bloomberg News (January 6, 2022).

    “A United Nations index that tracks everything from grains to meat fell 0.9% in December, potentially helping to dampen the rise in grocery prices.

    Still, the gauge remains close to the all-time high of 2011 and average prices jumped about 28% in 2021, the highest in 14 years.

    The Bloomberg article noted that, “Food prices are unlikely to stabilize for some time, according to Abdolreza Abbassian, Senior Economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    ‘Nothing has fundamentally changed over the last two or three months to give us some degree of optimism that the food market is going to relocate at more stable or even lower prices, ”he said. “All the uncertainties are there, they have not disappeared, which means that Everything is still possible. ‘”

    Durisin added that “the recent energy crisis has also pushed up the prices of fertilizers, threatening to further increase food production costs. There are already signs that farmers are reduce on nutrient purchases or switching from cereals to less fertilizer intensive crops.

    And Reuters News reported on Thursday that “Global food prices jumped 28% in 2021 to reach their highest level in a decade and hopes for a return to more stable market conditions this year are slender, the UN food agency said on Thursday.

    “The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) food price index, which tracks the most traded food products in the world, is on average 125.7 points in 2021, the highest since 131.9 in 2011. “

    The Reuters article explained that “a surge in fertilizer prices, in turn linked to soaring energy prices, has pushed up the cost of so-called inputs used by farmers to produce crops, questioning the yield outlook for next year’s crops. “


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    RBmedia now offers audiobooks in German


    Today, RBmedia announced its entry into the German-language audio market through its new audio brand, RBmedia Verlag. At the same time, RBmedia announced the acquisition of German leading audiobook publishing company ABOD, which will provide leading titles to this new brand. Miles Stevens-Hoare, Managing Director of RBmedia International, said: “We have been following the German language digital audiobook market for some time and have experienced steady and significant growth. We believe this represents a long-term growth opportunity for us.

    ABOD has been producing audiobooks in economics and politics for almost 10 years. The audiobooks are published under the brands ABOD and Hörbuch München and are produced in the company’s own sound studios in Munich. Through the publisher’s own CD production, all titles appear as physical audiobooks for the book trade and can also be purchased from 70 digital retailers. ABOD is one of the leading German publishers of audiobooks in the non-fiction sector. Notable ABOD audiobook titles to be released under the RBmedia Verlag brand include:

    • “Climate Change Cycles: How Climate Feedback Loops Can Destroy or Save the World” by Greta Thunberg, Dalai Lama
    • “The egoist: my counter-program for common sense and solidarity” by Sahra Wagenknecht
    • “Put on warm clothes, it’s going to be hot: understand climate change and learn from the crisis for the world of tomorrow” by Sven Plöger, Eckart von Hirschhausen

    RBmedia Verlag will join WF Howes and Wavesound as international RBmedia audiobook publishing companies.


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    Episode 2 of Boba Fett’s book should have been episode 1


    Rather than continuing to set the table, “The Tribes of Tatooine” plunged into the conflict at the heart of “The Book of Boba Fett”: the seizure of power over Tatooine following the death of Jabba the Hutt and the fall of the Galactic Empire five years earlier. It also provided a good introduction to the mayor of Mos Espa, Mok Shaiz, drawing on the mystery that surrounded him since the first episode, but without revealing too much about the motives or the end of the game of the cunning politician. Perhaps most important of all, the episode brought the Hutts (essentially the most powerful gangsters in the “Star Wars” universe) into the mix and made it clear that they know all about Boba casually picking up the l ‘former domain of Jabba. In doing so, “The Book of Boba Fett” put Tatooine’s governing and gangster forces on a collision course with Boba – one that will truly challenge him to prove that his stated intention to rule with respect and not out of fear is more. only simple words.

    As for the episode’s flashbacks, “The Tribes of Tatooine” also got to the most compelling part of Boba’s journey after “Return of the Jedi”: how he was accepted by the Tusken Raiders. Considering he was dressed like them and wielding a staff of gaderffii (their weapon of choice) on “The Mandalorian”, there was no doubt that Boba would go from being their prisoner to living freely among them, even before the last scene of “Stranger in a strange land.” As such, seeing Boba learn to use his gaderffii staff like a boss and, in return, give the Tusken Raiders the tools they need (namely, speeder bikes) to fight against the Pyke Syndicate members who enter. on their land and killing theirs was quite satisfying. But more than that, it offered a real insight into how Boba – who found a way to help the Tuskens claim their rights as the indigenous people of Tatooine without inadvertently starting a full-fledged war with the Pykes. – first realized that he could (and wanted) to be more than a mercenary.


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    A moment that changed me: Ben Okri – fulfilling my dream of becoming a novelist at the age of 19 | Books


    Family legend says I started reading The Times when I was four years old. At school in London, I was that kid who would raise his hand to read aloud the Shakespeare play we were studying or to recite a poem. In high school in Nigeria, literature was something I was carelessly good at, but didn’t take seriously. During the holidays, I visited the libraries of the foreign embassies and I read their books. At the American Embassy, ​​I discovered Emerson and Whitman; at the Japanese embassy, ​​I discovered karate, zen buddhism and basho. It seemed then that I was destined to be a scientist. I applied to college, but at 14 I was deemed too young. I spent a year at home, waiting to be old enough.

    My main task that year was to dust off my father’s library. I had to dust the books but not read them. The first book that caught my attention was Plato’s Symposium. I had a great thirst for philosophy and devoured all his dialogues. I have read the plays of Ibsen, Shaw, Shakespeare; news from Maupassant, Tchekhov, Maugham; then I got lost in the novels of the nineteenth century. Like everyone else, I read American and English thrillers. They were a bad influence in all but one respect: they made the writing seem deceptively easy.

    We were then living in a place called Mile Twelve. There was poverty all around us. We had lived in a more upscale part of Lagos, but now we were living on the outskirts. They say three things make you a writer: a childhood illness, a downfall in your parents’ lifestyle, and an encounter with death early in life. I had experienced them all.

    Loneliness is terrible for a teenager but invaluable for learning to think for yourself. As my generation danced at the most wasteful national jamboree after the end of the Civil War, I was in a ghetto learning to write. My father became a lawyer for the poor. It was the best education a young writer could ask for, to see the truth of society in the rough. I started with poetry. I wrote a hundred love poems and burned them all except five.

    Then something happened that plugged my writing into the nerve of life. The owners of the ghetto had unlimited powers. They could throw families with all their belongings out into the streets. I was so outraged to see this happen that I wrote an article about it for the Evening Times. To my amazement, it was released. Encouraged, I wrote about other injustices. These pieces have not been published. Then it occurred to me to write a story about them. Two of the stories were published in women’s magazines. Thus began my long adventure in the rigorous profession of the short story. Then one of the short stories grew and grew, and became a novel.

    By that time, I had finished my baccalaureate and had a job for a painting company. The traffic in Lagos was so excruciating that it took three hours to get to work. I would wake up at four in the morning and write for an hour before going to work. When I returned, I slept and wrote for up to one o’clock. I was still dozing on the long bus ride to the office.

    The first draft took a year. I got fired from work and bought a typewriter and camera with severance pay. I then worked as a reporter for a news magazine.
    In the fall of 1978, I came to London to study. I really came to write. All my colleagues dreamed of America, but my sentimental attachment was to the England of my childhood. I brought my typewriter, my camera, and the first draft of my first novel.

    I have browsed the literature of Africa and the world. I took notes. I started to rewrite. It was at my uncle’s in New Cross. I have sent the manuscript to many editors, all of whom have turned it down. Then one morning a letter arrived from Longmans ‘African Writers’ Series. I remember uttering a cry of joy. This moment changed everything. I was 19. With the release of Flowers and shadows, the life I was meant to live has begun.


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    One of New Year’s Most Anticipated Books Puts Asian-American Friendship At Its Center


    In Jean Chen Ho’s intimate and irreverent collection of related stories, “Fiona and Jane,” a group of multiethnic Asian Americans take readers from the sordid Korean bars of the mall to lavish New York clubs to Bustling Shilin Night Market in Taipei for 20 years. year of friendship between its titular characters.

    Ho’s first book follows childhood best friends Fiona Lin and Jane Shen as they come of age, experience romantic encounters gone awry, and explore their family histories. Told in alternate voices as the women grow up and then separate, Ho’s stories address themes of identity, shame, grief, sexuality, and the intensity and complexity of life. female friendship.

    “In my life, my long-standing friendships are so important to me,” Ho told NBC Asian America. “I still have friends from high school who are my closest girlfriends. I still have friends in college journals, friends who are old colleagues, and lots of friends from the different writers community, so I’m interested in how all of these different iterations of friendship have made me feel. shaped as a person and a writer.

    The collection’s first story, “The Night Market,” follows 18-year-old Jane’s visit to Taiwan to see her father, who ends up dating his daughter, causing her to reflect on her own romantic feelings for her. his piano teacher. . “Go Slow” highlights dangers Fiona and Jane face as they assert their independence, while “Doppelgangers” follows 29-year-old Fiona on her final weekend in New York, with micro-attacks , a bad connection and cocaine bumps in the bathroom.

    “This book is not autobiographical, but it is based on observations of my world, of my friends, of the experiences that I have had or observed by my friends,” Ho said. “I wanted to write American characters d ‘Asian descent who did nothing but do dirty things and joke with their friends, and the fun and joy of being a dirty bag, the joy and pleasure of being a great friend, or sometimes having to make choices where you betray your friend.

    Like the characters in “Fiona and Jane”, Ho is the daughter of immigrants and grew up in various parts of Southern California. Born in Taiwan, Ho and her family first moved to a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri, where her father was a computer teacher when she was 8 years old. When Ho started third grade, she did not speak English. At age 11, Ho lived in Cerritos, California, a suburb of Los Angeles with a majority of Asian residents.

    “In that short period of time, I had two completely different types of American experiences,” Ho said. “I was one of two Asian American families in this small town. Then all of a sudden I became friends with kids from a Korean American family, Native American family, and different origins and immigration stories.

    After high school, she studied English at the University of California at Berkeley. Ho said attending college was “a fortuitous moment” as it was one of the founding sites of ethnic studies in 1969 after a long and violent student strike and helped her teach him the background of American history of Asian origin, which informs its fiction.

    In Berkeley, Ho joined an Asian-American political newspaper, Hardboiled; interned on public television KQED; and worked for a Hollywood producer, figuring she could work as a reporter or screenwriter, but neither career path was right for her. She then worked as a grant writer for nonprofit arts organizations and as an after school student tutor.

    Describing herself as a “great book geek,” Ho said she wrote in a journal on and off since she was a child, but only started writing fiction when she was a child. late twenties. She took a fiction writing class for fun. Then, 10 years after graduating from college, she enrolled in the Maser of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was the only Asian American student in her class. .

    She then moved on to the University of Southern California to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature as a Dornsife Fellow. His thesis focuses on 19th-century Los Angeles Chinatown, how it was destroyed, and the racialized violence of the time.

    As Ho’s longtime dream of writing a book has come true, its publication takes place amid a global pandemic and high rates of anti-Asian racism and violence.

    “There has been a change in my perspective, after going through the pandemic and really seeing what is really important to me personally, politically and what I can do to help my community,” Ho said. “I was fighting a lot. not to be productive, but the pandemic has really changed that. I realized that sometimes your brain needs to rest – that also counts as writing. ”


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    Graphic novelist turns to education to tell the stories of farmers in central Wisconsin


    WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – Ginseng isn’t just a root, not for the people of central Wisconsin, at least. It’s a story of the people and places where she grew up, binding individuals brought up with her in an eternal knot, like Craig Thompson.

    “I worked up to 40 hours a week when I was 10 and was paid a dollar an hour, which in my young brain translates to one comic book per hour.”

    He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but grew up on the east side of Marathon, about 10 minutes from Wausau. He said that while he enjoyed some of the grueling work of pulling weeds and harvesting roots in front of his brother, they both dreamed that one day they would come out of blue collar work, a day to tell stories through comics.

    Thompson is now a graphic novelist often drawing inspiration from his upbringing in Wisconsin. He typically writes 600-page graphic novels, but said there was a point in his career when his job in some way didn’t fill the physical labor of a ginseng farm. With Writers’ Block and a desire to create a work of non-fiction, he sought inspiration from his roots. After spending time living in Los Angeles and seeing “Hollywoodians writing about Hollywood people” all the time, he believed there was an opportunity to tell stories of people elsewhere in the country. His mind kept turning to ginseng and all the stories that come with it.

    “The pleasure of this project is not that it all comes from my head, you know, it comes from interactions, conversations and interviews. “

    In 2019, he started those interviews by chatting with the people he worked for around Marathon decades earlier. He learned that there were not many small farmers left.

    “They had all given up growing ginseng around the same time in the early 2000s because the industry had collapsed.”

    “It takes four to five years to mature. You have to plan ahead, you have to get the job done, and it’s a tough crop to grow. There are probably less than 150 of us growing it now, ”said Will Hsu, president of Hsu’s Ginseng.

    Hsu accepted Thompson’s offer to participate in his “Ginseng Roots” project.

    “Favorite part of my story is probably our family history. “

    Hsu’s parents, Paul and Sharron Hsu immigrated from Taiwan in 1969. A few years later, Paul Hsu’s mother in Taiwan fell ill; he sent her some ginseng and they believe the root is responsible for his recovery. This led them to attempt to grow ginseng.

    Will Hsu grew up doing all the farm chores, such as weeding, spraying pesticides and fertilizers, and harvesting roots. He eventually quit to pursue higher education and began a separate career. At least a decade later, his father was diagnosed with cancer, so he returned to the farm and his father recovered quickly.

    Hsu’s ginseng has since grown into one of the best-known brands in the world. As part of the series, he also explained Wisconsin’s central role in a global market, especially Chinese, and the dynamics of global trade.

    “You can’t find it anywhere else. So, this is something special about ginseng and something special about being from Wausau, Wis. “

    One of the smaller farms still around is a farm known as Vang Ginseng. Chua Vang, the owner and operator, now calls him Abraham Ginseng in honor of his late father, Abraham Ga Yi Vang.

    “I grew up doing that, you know. That’s all I know, since I was 8 years old.

    Her father was a child soldier, 15, in the Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam War. Vang details his father’s legacy and his partnership with the CIA and his Hmong people during the war in the book. He and his pregnant wife were able to cross the Mekong River to a refugee camp. The two and their new baby, a daughter, were sponsored to come to the United States as refugees and resettled in Tennessee.

    The couple had other children there, including Chua Vang, but most of their extended family have been relocated to central Wisconsin. They eventually moved to the area after finding out that ginseng could be grown there.

    “’85, I tried, you know you’ve grown an acre at a time and here we are,” Chua Vang said with a laugh.

    He said his father’s experience during the war led him to be brought up with great discipline and dedication. So even though the job was tough, and he made her miss his Saturday morning cartoons, he said it shaped his character.

    “When my dad approached me and asked me if I wanted to take over or not,” he said it was one of his favorite sections. “I think that part is one of the parts that I love about it and the way Craig drew it, he’s a great artist.”

    Chua Vang and Will Hsu said the comic book series medium tells the stories in a unique way that most other methods cannot capture, and reflects many of the lessons of ginseng.

    “It teaches you the patience of ginseng,” Hsu explained. “You know, you’ve read a comic and now you have to wait months for the next installment. Well, if you are planting ginseng seeds, you have to wait years before you harvest anything.

    It’s kind of like a book, which Thompson says can take years to write and could be a complete failure, but that’s the risk.

    “It must be a labor of love because of the kind of inconsistencies and ups and downs, high risk, you know,” Thompson concluded.

    There will be a total of 12 comics that Thompson said he would eventually pull together into one great graphic novel. Thompson said he wanted production of the series to be as local as possible, using a publisher in Minnesota and a printer in Eau Claire. The first nine in the series are now available at specialty comic book stores and online through Publisher, Uncivilized, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retail stores.

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    New Zealand’s first Booker Prize winner Keri Hulme dies at 74


    After attending North New Brighton Primary School and Aranui Secondary School in Christchurch, Ms Hulme worked for a season picking hops and tobacco in the Tasman area before briefly studying law at the University of Canterbury.

    She went on to do odd jobs across the country before working at the post office in the rural town of Greymouth, on the remote west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. She believed it would give her time and space to write.

    It was there that she learned to bait or catch tiny, transparent juvenile fish. It was an “obsession,” as she put it, that sustained her for the rest of her life. Dr Evans recalled that she routinely ran away from a writing residence with a net to catch white bait strapped to the roof of her car.

    “You would see that white bait net, sort of walk through the parking lot and you knew she was running away,” he said.

    Ms Hulme continued to live primarily on the West Coast, including for more than four decades in the small New Zealand settlement of Okarito, a former gold mining village, on land she won from the lottery in 1973. When she had lived further inland, she told Flash Frontier magazine in 2012, “I’m depressed and sick, I drink too much and I don’t do anything creative.”

    Both shy with strangers and a generous and sociable host to those she loved, Ms. Hulme was not interested in romantic or sexual relationships, calling herself “neutral”. She never married or had children. She is survived by two sisters, Kate Salmons and Diane McAuliffe, and one brother, John Hulme, as well as several nieces and nephews.

    “If you knew her, if she knew you, she would take the time and move heaven and earth to give you time and spend that time well,” said Matthew Salmons, her nephew. “The family she was born into and the family she created were of the utmost importance to her.”


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    We are talking about power


    By Jim Hightower

    In 1971, Susan DeMarco, Susan Sechler, and I teamed up in a Washington-based public interest group (rather awkwardly named the Agribusiness Accountability Project) to launch a foray into the little-examined and multibillion-dollar maze of policies. American agriculture and food. But other progressive activists at the time were baffled by us. They were all working on big high-profile issues like the end of the Vietnam War and urban poverty. So, they asked, why were we talking about tomatoes, land-grant colleges, Earl Butz, and concepts as obscure as oligopolies?

    “We are not,” we replied, “we are talking about power.” After all, what power do people really have if we can’t even control what’s in our dinner and where it’s coming from? This requires maintaining a democratic grip on food and agricultural policy, which requires knowing what those policies are doing and who is doing them.

    We know about the monopoly, the anti-competitive consumer scam when a very small number of companies control the sale of a product. But what about mo-nop-so-ny? It is then that very few buyers control the purchase of products or services offered by several. For example, when most of the local farmers go to the market to sell their produce, instead of having several processors and traders bidding competitively, almost all American farmers who produce grains, milk, vegetables, meat etc., are faced with monopsonies, with one or two buyers offering a low take-it-or-leave-it price.

    This same kind of manipulation and domination of the so-called free market also crushes working families. Massive corporate consolidations in manufacturing, hospitals, newspapers, hardware stores, farm equipment dealers and virtually every other industry mean that local employment opportunities are shrinking in a place paying a low wage … or take a hike. The intentional creation of these cartels has already enveloped 60% of the American labor markets and is a major force in suppressing wages and deepening inequalities in America. Yet our public officials – Democrats and Republicans alike – have so far refused to view the corporate monopsony as the antitrust crisis it is. President Joe Biden has proposed an aggressive anti-monopoly agenda; let us urge him to act.

    There is nothing fancy about being a dirt farmer. While working in and with nature can provide a deeply satisfying life, it tends to be a difficult task – as Christopher Kimball, food writer and champion of small farms, recently said: “Farming is full of manure, mud, blood, big, stubborn animals, dangerous equipment and days when things never go right … it’s all about hard work and tough choices, trying to make a living thanks to the earth, 365 days a year. “

    It will test your courage. But add another factor: you are black.

    Uh-oh. This has long meant that the expansive public agricultural support system (advantageous loans, matching grants, technical assistance, etc.), which gives farming families a chance to fight against the cruel misdeeds of nature and monopolies , is not here for you. This blatant racial discrimination has driven hundreds of thousands of good black farmers from the land.

    This year, however, we have witnessed an astonishing Republican-led uprising against unfair racial exclusion from farm programs! Hallelujah, is this party finally resuscitating its inner Abe Lincoln?

    Barely. A group of GOP goobers like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller have risen on their hind legs to rage against a proposal by Biden to provide debt relief since long to farmers of color who have been systematically deceived. The whine of these ultra-white, newly born civil rights activists is that any aid going to African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, et al. Is “racism inside out” so they demand this money for it. to alleviate black farm debt caused by racist lenders and farm agents must be divided with privileged white farmers who have not suffered any discrimination.

    Funny, isn’t it, that Lindsey, Sid and their racial raiding gang showed no protest last year when then-President Donald Trump handed out dozens of billions of dollars of our taxes into a special farm giveaway that has been swallowed up almost entirely by wealthy farm owners, businesses and even foreigners – to the exclusion of nearly all black farmers?

    You’re right … it’s not funny.

    You don’t have to be black or a farmer to join the National Black Farmers Association and support its mission to “fight hunger, prevent land loss and secure food sovereignty”.

    Populist author, speaker and radio commentator Jim Hightower writes “The Hightower Lowdown,” a monthly newsletter chronicling the ongoing struggles of ordinary Americans against the power of plutocratic elites.


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    A comic book about orthodontics with biting humor –


    Statewide Iowa – A married couple from Marion have created an illustrated book that is a unique and humorous take on the branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth.

    Priscilla Steele and Craig Campbell are the co-authors of “A History of Orthodontics Through Time and Space”. Steele says the idea for the book was sparked by an art project they were hired to produce for a local dentist.

    The book’s audience is as wide as the Cheshire Cat’s smile, and she says anyone who revel in whimsy and absurdity will swallow it.

    Stories transport the reader from ancient Egypt to outer space and all points in between, while colorful illustrations include the classic portrait of the aforementioned first US president flanked by colonial soldiers who pull his teeth with cables. .

    One reviewer calls the 64-page book “a surreal way of looking at the world … a happy blend of fact and fiction.” It’s available on multiple sites, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and North Liberty-based publisher Ice Cube Press.

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    Betty White, Carol Burnett and other Grammy-winning TV icons – Billboard


    Betty White, who died on New Years Eve just weeks before her 100th birthday, has been a TV star for nearly seven decades. It’s no surprise that White won five competitive Emmy Awards, but you might have forgotten that she won a Grammy 10 years ago for best spoken word album (includes poetry, audiobooks and narration) for his audiobook, If you ask me (and of course you won’t).

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    White, who was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995, is one of 16 members of the organization to have won competitive Grammys. Here are 15 other Hall of Fame members – all television icons – who have won Grammys.

    Carol Burnett: Burnett, whose eponymous 11-year variety show, won the 2016 Grammy for Best Spoken Album for an Audiobook on the Show, In such good company: eleven years of laughter, chaos and fun in the sandbox.

    George Burns: The comedian, who teamed up with his wife Gracie Allen on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in the 1950s, became even more famous after his death in 1964. Like White, he was most loved in his later years. It won the 1990 Grammy for Best Oral or Non-Musical Recording for Gracie – A Love Story. Oddly enough, Burns never won an Emmy in competition.

    Andy Griffith: Griffith’s eponymous sitcom was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1960s. He’s still popular in reruns, though his mellow humor is out of step with today’s brash comedy style. Griffith won the 1996 Grammy for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album for I love to tell the story – 25 timeless hymns. Griffith received his first Grammy in 1959, before the launch of his sitcom, for his album Hamlet, nominated for the best comic performance. Like Burns, Griffith has never won an Emmy in competition.

    Ron Howard: The former child star starred in two iconic TV series, The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days. He enjoyed even greater success as a director. It was in this capacity that he won the 2016 Grammy for best musical film for The Beatles: eight days a week during the touring years.

    Carl Reiner: Reiner won his first two Emmy Awards as a cast member on Sid Caesar’s Caesar’s hour, but he made his greatest contribution to television by creating and producing The Dick Van Dyke Show, the grandfather of smart and sophisticated sitcoms. Reiner and fellow comedy legend Mel Brooks won the 1998 Grammy for Best Spoken Comedy Album for 2000 year old man in the year 2000, an update on their classic comedy routine. Their original 2000 year old man album was nominated in this category in 1960.

    Dick Van Dyke: The star of the aforementioned comedy series won the 1964 Grammy for Best Children’s Recording for Mary poppins in tandem with Julie Andrews.

    Edward R. Murrow: The legendary journalist, who was part of the inaugural class inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1984, won the 1966 Grammy for best recording of spoken word, documentary or drama for Edward R. Murrow – A Journalist Remembers Vol. I The war years.

    Steve Allen: Allen was the first NBC host Tonight’s show. Allen was also a prolific composer. He wrote a song that has become a pop standard, the zesty “This could be the start of Something Big”. Allen and Ray Brown won a 1963 Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition for “Gravy Waltz”. Twenty years later Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows were nominated for Best Oral or Non-Musical Recording for Everything you always wanted to know about personal computers. Allen was nominated again in this category in 1989 for a 50th anniversary update to the legendary Orson Welles World war broadcast.

    Charles Kuralt: CBS reporter and host ‘ On the road with Charles Kuralt won two Grammys 1997 – best spoken word album for Spring by Charles Kuralt and best children’s spoken word album for Winnie the Pooh.

    Bob Newhart: The comedy icon’s dry style and perfect timing have served him well in two lengthy series, The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. He won three 1960 Grammys, including Album of the Year for Bob Newhart’s button-down mind and best new artist. He is the only actor to have won in this last category.

    Jim Henson: The beloved creator of The Muppets won five Grammys from 1978 to 1986, all for Best Children’s Recording.

    Leonard Bernstein: that of Bernstein Youth concerts the 1960s specials made him a television icon. He won 16 Grammys from 1961 to 1992. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 1985, five years before being elected to the TV Academy Hall of Fame.

    Perry Como: Como’s laid back style was ideal for television, which is renowned for being a cool medium. Como’s variety series was a hit in the 1950s. He won a Grammy in the first year of the competition for Best Male Vocal Performance for “Catch a Falling Star”. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2002, 13 years after being elected to the TV Academy Hall of Fame.

    Joan Rivers: The irreverent comedian won the 2014 Grammy for best spoken word album for Diary of a Mad Diva. She was nominated for Best Comedy Recording in 1983, as she neared the peak of her fame, for What becomes more of a semi-legend? Despite being a mainstay of television for decades, Rivers was never even nominated for an Emmy in competition, which her Hall of Fame induction in 2017 helped rectify.

    Dick Wolf: The producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of Law and order franchise, won a 2010 Grammy as one of the producers of the documentary The Doors When you are strange, which was voted best long-running music video.

    Nine-time Grammy winner Bill Cosby was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1991, but his induction was revoked following his rape conviction in 2018.

    Four members of the TV Academy Hall of Fame – producers Walt Disney and Dick Clark, artist Fred Astaire and inventor and engineer Ray Dolby – received special merit awards from the Recording Academy, but were not nominated for competitive Grammys.

    Additionally, these members of the TV Academy Hall of Fame have received Grammy nominations, but have not won or, in the case of those who are still alive, have yet to win: All in the family stars Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, MASH POTATOES star Alan Alda, White’s Mary Tyler Moore Show co-starring Ed Asner, Star trek star William Shatner, Julia star Diahann Carroll, The Smothers Brothers, the original cast of Saturday Night Live, family guy Creator Seth MacFarlane, Comedian Ernie Kovacs, Presenter Walter Cronkite, Anchor Team Chet Huntley & David Brinkley, Journalist Eric Sevareid, Executive Fred W. Friendly and Kukla, Fran and Ollie puppeteer Burr Tillstrom.

    The TV Academy awarded Hall of Fame awards every year from 1984 to 1993, but only awarded them 15 of the past 28 years. As a result, they are seriously behind the worthy recipients who have yet to be honored. Among them: Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey.


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    Rose Parade returns to Pasadena amid Omicron wave and smaller crowd


    The parade of roses is back.

    After the coronavirus forced its first cancellation since World War II last year, the whimsical, flowery procession returns to Pasadena on Saturday.

    The parade begins at 8 a.m. PT, with actor and TV host LeVar Burton as Grand Marshal. The theme is “Dream. To achieve. To believe.”

    While the return of the Rose Parade is seen by many as a joyous respite from a painful two years of the pandemic, it is overshadowed by a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

    As onlookers from across the country lined Colorado Boulevard, nearly one in four people in Los Angeles County who are tested positive for the coronavirus, and the daily number of new confirmed infections is doubling every two days.

    The crowd before the parade was considerably smaller than in the past. Although some people have camped along the route since noon on New Years Eve – a beloved tradition for those hoping to get a good view of the floats – a family arrived at 6 a.m. on Saturday and found a spot in the first row.

    On Thursday, Kaiser Permanente canceled plans to involve frontline medical staff in the Rose Parade.

    “We need to prioritize the health and safety of our frontline medical staff and ensure that we are able to treat patients during this recent spate of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant,” said the health system said in a statement.

    Kaiser had planned to have 20 medical workers on horseback and on foot in front of his float, which is titled “A Healthier Future” and features the characters of four children, including one wearing a stethoscope and caring for a teddy bear named Booster. The float will always be in the parade.

    Many health and safety measures are taken by the event organizers, including the cancellation of indoor events leading up to the parade.

    “All of the planning we have done has positioned us well to be able to host the Rose Parade in a safe and healthy manner,” said David Eads, Executive Director of the Tournament of Roses.

    “The general feeling of renewal and rebirth of the Rose Parade is in the foreground with everyone. We found a few words for it: “A parade, two years of preparation” and “The flowering is back”.

    The Tournament of Roses requires the more than 6,000 parade participants, including people on floats, marching bands and horse riders, to provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of the start of the event. event.

    Parade spectators aged 12 and over in paid areas, including grandstands, will also be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours. Ticket holders aged 18 and over will be required to provide photo identification, and all participants aged 2 and over in these areas will be required to wear a mask.

    Along the remainder of the 5.5-mile route, where people can just walk and watch, negative vaccination and test results will not be verified.

    “What we are asking is that they take their personal responsibility,” by staying in family pods, distancing themselves as much as possible and wearing masks, Eads said.

    This year’s parade will feature 43 floats, 20 marching bands and 18 equestrian units, according to the Tournament of Roses.

    Michelle Van Slyke, senior vice president of marketing and sales for the UPS Store, said in an interview that preparations for the company’s float – which is called “Rise, Shine & Read!” and features a bright yellow bespectacled rooster named Charlie reading to a group of chicks – lasts for about a year.

    In 2020, planning for the floats was already underway when the Rose Parade ended the event due to the pandemic. But the UPS Store, she said, “had its hands full” as a critical business that has remained open amid the closures.

    This week, as the final decorations were applied to the float, she said “safety is the number one priority” and masking and social distancing have been essential.

    The company’s tank is huge: 35 feet high and 55 feet long. Van Slyke said it weighed around 24 tons, with 12 moving parts and 130,000 flowers.

    “If you want to do it, do it in a way that will be fun and magical,” she said. “We all know we’re in the too short-lived category these days, and we want to shine some light after everything we’ve been through the past two years.”

    Van Slyke grew up in San Bernardino and came to the Rose Parade year after year with his grandfather, a construction worker who came every year, even though he was alone. They spent the night along the parade route with chorizo ​​and egg burritos and hot chocolate in thermos.

    “My grandfather would be delighted if he knew I was involved in assembling a tank,” she said.


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